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Is Coconut Nectar a Sugar Alternative?

Coconut sugar is still sugar… ?



Coconut Sugar

“Coconut sugar is still sugar”

We encourage people to cut back on sugar because it is one of the largest health problems society is facing today. If coconut sugar were part of this answer then we would be encouraging the use of it, but it’s not.

Whenever something is sweet we have to first ask where this sweetness comes from. Is it a simple sugar like glucose, fructose or sucrose? Is it a sugar alcohol like xylitol or erythritol? Or is it something else like the glycosides in stevia?

For coconut sugar it is simple sugars (70-80% sucrose, 3-9% glucose and 3-9% fructose – ASEAN 1992 Vol. 7 No. 4 p. 200-201).

The health claim made on coconut sugar is that it has a low GI of 35, which is much better than table sugar (sucrose) which has a GI of 60. The first problem is that the single study which this number comes from is a study done in the Philippines (a producer of coconut sugar) and only included 10 individuals. Looking at the study and the amount of simple sugars that are in coconut sugar, it is very likely that the GI of coconut sugar in your body is much higher than 35. The second, and biggest problem, is that coconut sugar is not doing anything to reduce the overconsumption of simple sugars. Yes, it is better than refined white sugar since it has more nutrition and fiber, but better does not mean good.

Coconut sugar or coconuts? A coconut palm tree can not produce both.

Coconut sugar, also called coconut palm sugar or nectar, is made by cutting the coconut flower and draining the sap. This of course kills the flower that otherwise would have been a coconut. So there is your choice. Producing more coconut sugar means less availability and higher prices on coconut oil, milk, flakes and flour.

There are many coconut palm tree owners who have now started using their coconut palm trees to tap the sap for coconut sugar instead of producing coconuts. But when the coconut palm trees have been used to tap the sap it’s difficult for them to start producing coconuts again. You can read more about this here.

We love coconuts and everything that comes from them – Coconut oil, milk, water, flakes, flour… coconut contains lots of great fats and lots of great fibers, so let’s eat more coconuts and less sugar!

Emelie Kamp is an entrepreneur, licensed nutritional counselor, wellness coach, green living coach, author of The Sugar Story, creator of the Dark Chocolate Diet and health industry consultant - working towards transforming the way we feel and the way we see ourselves. Be encouraged, be empowered, live your purpose.

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In fitness, when there’s a movement a client cannot perform after much practice and polishing, the first thought is that they just can’t do it.  Soon enough, we discover their central nervous system has protected their body from moving in that specific manner, because there is a limiting belief and limiting decision their central nervous system and their unconscious mind have a greed upon. And it has defined itself as “safety.”

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