Health Benefits of Coconut Sugar
- Naturally low on the Glycemic Index (GI) 35 rated
- Benefits for weight control
- Improving glucose and lipid levels in people with diabetes I & 2
- Produces slow release energy which sustains the human body through your daily activities without regular sugar "highs" and "lows".
- When compared to brown sugar, it has twice the iron, four times the magnesium and over 10 times the amount of zinc.
How Coconut Sugar is Processed
Farmers climb the coconut palms and collect the sugar blossom nectar by gently slicing the flower. Once harvested the nectar is transferred into kettles.
The evaporation process lowers the moisture content of the nectar before it is allowed to set into a solid nectar "brick". Once the nectar has cooled and solidified it is then ground into granules.
Is Coconut Sugar Sustainable?
There are several factors that support Coconut sugar as one of the most sustainable sugar sources:
Coconut trees can grow in severely compromised soil and needs very little water to produce the sweet nectar that is used to make coconut sugar.
Coconuts produce inflorescences about every 3-4 months. What this means is that there are usually multiple flower stalks on a single tree which in turn means that a coconut farmer can actually choose to harvest sugar from one flower stalk and let the other stalk mature to coconuts.
Once a coconut tree is tapped, the sap will flow continuously for the next 20 years. This roughly equates to about 5,000 liters per hectare. From a sustainability standpoint, this is about 5-7 times higher per hectare that coconut oil production.
The Coconut tree is an ecologically beneficial tree crop that grows in diverse, wild-life supportive agro-ecosystems.
Coconut Palms are considered the “Tree of Life” by many traditional communities throughout the world as they provide over 100 smallholder accessible products from which to make livelihoods. The production of Coconut Sugar has the single highest potential for lifting these farmers into a better life while creating a net benefit to their surrounding environment.