What Is Coconut Palm Sugar And Its Health Benefits

Coconut palm sugar - A healthy alternative to cane sugar
Coconut palm sugar – A healthy alternative to cane sugar

Coconut palm sugar is a natural form of sugar that is produced from the sap of the coconut palm flowers. However, it should not be confused with palm sugar. Palm sugar is made from the sap of the sugar palm tree.

The Two-Step Process Of Making Coconut Sugar

  1. A cut is made on the tender flowers of the coconut palm. The sap is collected into clay pots or bamboo containers tied to it.
  2. This sap is heated until the water is evaporated and the dehydrated sap turns into brown granules. Though in appearance it is similar to brown sugar or palm sugar, its different.

Is This A Healthier Option To Cane Sugar?

Coconut-palm sugar has the same amount of carbohydrates and calories as the cane sugar(table white sugar). Therefore, switching to this sugar from cane sugar on these respect would not make any difference. But coconut sugar contains only three to nine percent each of glucose and fructose, and 70 percent of sucrose. And this is a benefit over the cane sugar which contains 50 percent fructose.

Coconut sugar can be substituted for sugar in many recipes and is considered to be a healthier option to white cane sugar.

Benefits Of Coconut Sugar

  • Nutrient content – Though not a nutritional super food, its nutrient content is far better than the table white sugar. Coconut palm sugar has traces of potassium, magnesium, zinc, iron, copper, and vitamin C. It also contains certain amounts of flavonoids, polyphenols, and antioxidants. Inositol, belonging to vitamin B family, known for its mood booster qualities is also found in the coconut sugar.
  • Low Glycemic Impact – The level of carbohydrate in blood sugar is measured using the glycemic index. The glycemic index for cane sugar is between 60 and 75 while for this sugar its only 35. Therefore, it can be consumed by the diabetics.
  • Fructose is less – Fructose level is only 45 percent in coconut palm sugar  compared to other sweeteners. Fructose is easily converted into fat by the body and the only organ that can break down this sugar type is the liver; and one of the byproduct is triglycerides – a form of fat.

No matter the form, sugar is sugar. Consuming too much of the coconut sugar can adversely affect the liver.

Uses Of Cold-Pressed Virgin Coconut Oil

Why you should start using cold-pressed coconut oil
Why you should start using cold-pressed coconut oil

Have you watched the movie “My Big Fat Greek Wedding”, If you have not, I recommend you to watch this hilarious, rom-com and if you watched it, you are sure to remember the heroine’s dad for whom “Windex is everything. Similarly, for me cold-pressed coconut oil is everything. I use it in my cooking, as a moisturizer for my body, on my baby’s bottom as a diaper cream and many more purposes.Today, in this article I am going to share the top uses of coconut oil that i have in my home.  Before I share the uses, I would like to tell you what cold-pressed virgin coconut oil is.

What Is Cold-Pressed Method

In cold press oil extraction method, the oil from the coconut meat or Copra, as called by the Filipinos, is mechanically pressed at temperatures not exceeding 120 degrees Fahrenheit. This is done to preserve the nutrients in the oil. Pure cold-pressed coconut oil is neither refined, deodorized or refined.

Terms virgin or extra virgin is not a fancy name attached to the ordinary coconut oil. The main difference is the method of extraction. Soon, I should be able to give a firsthand info on the various types of coconut oil extraction.

Here we go!

13 Uses For Cold-Pressed Coconut Oil

  1. It’s a great cooking oil with a high smoke point. Can be used in baking, stir as well as deep frying.
  2. In homemade Mayo, replace regular vegetable oil with coconut oil.
  3. Use it for baking brownies for children.
  4. It’s a carrier oil, so used along with essential oils such as mint, rosemary, catnip as a natural bug repellent. Coconut oil is used to dilute essential oils before applying them on the skin.
  5. It’s a natural anti-aging facial moisturizer. Using it on your face before a bath and then washing it off with lukewarm water will show good results.
  6. Boosts circulation when your feet goes cold and numb during winter season.
  7. Natural baby lotion. Massaging your bundle of joy with this oil before going to bed not only makes the skin supple and but also aids sound sleep.
  8. A spoon of coconut oil in a cup of tea will reduce soreness of throat.
  9. Consuming cold press coconut oil internally will keep allergies at bay and increases your mental alertness.
  10. To get rid of dry and flaky elbows rub into elbows daily. It’s also a salve for cracked heels and burns.
  11. After washing up the dishes, to retain the moisture of the skin on your hands gently massage using coconut oil.
  12. Used as a base oil in homemade creams, balms and soaps.
  13. Warm some oil and use it to massage your hair before shampooing it off. It helps in healthy growth of hair and also gives it a glow.

Coconut is a healthy replacement for butter and fat. Use it and share your thoughts on the comment box.