A while back, I was on a hunt in Wholefoods. In isle 5. The baking isle… I had for a while wanted to find something sweet. Something to replace my sugar in the raw. Something granulated, and not in liquid form like agave. I love agave, but sometimes its just not the best sweetener in my recipes… Sometimes liquid sweetener is not really working, cuz its just too wet. Also, its hard to “sprinkle” on top of something… It can get kinda sticky…
When I wanted granulated sugar, I used sugar in the raw. But heres the deal… I like sugar in the raw, but its not that much better for you than regular old fashioned white sugar. Sorry, but its not…The microscopic amounts of vitamins and minerals that sugar in the raw has over regular white, are so small that its almost not there… I, like a lot of other people, get fooled by the tasty, healthy looking brown color it has.
That said, I still choose that over regular white at the coffee shop. Cuz for some reason, it makes me feel just a bit better:-)
For baking though, I knew I could do a lot better! Or at least, I hoped so. Thats when I discovered coconut palm sugar from Sweet Tree!
SweetTree Organic Coconut Sugar is a 100% organic, unrefined, unfiltered, and unbleached natural sweetener, containing no preservatives. The nectar is collected from the flower blossoms of the Green Coconut Tree. The nectar is boiled and then it undergoes the crystallization and granulation. And then you have the delicious coconut sugar:-) But thats not the best part….
Coconut sugar is naturally low on the Glycemic Index (GI), which means that coconut sugar produces a slow energy release in the body. Therefor it has possible benefits for weight control and improving glucose and lipid levels in people with diabetes (type 1 and type 2). How great is that!?
Coconut palm nectar is rated at a GI-35 and by comparison, most agaves are GI-42, honeys are GI-55 and cane sugars are GI-68. So theres a big difference from coconut palm sugar to regular cane sugar! Sweet Tree is also especially high in Potassium, Magnesium, Zinc and Iron and is a natural source of Vitamins B1, B2, B3, B6 and C.
Of cause I did not know all of this, walking home from Wholefoods that day, with my first bag of palm sugar. . I was just hoping that my cinnamon rolls would turn out better than the day before when I used agave…. And oh boy did they ever!:-) I was so excited about my new magic sugar, that I went straight to Amazon and bought a whole box full:-)