There's no denying that sugar is a staple ingredient in almost all packaged foods. But did you know that the type of sugar used in these foods could make a lot of difference in your health and wellbeing? One sweetener that's been gaining popularity in recent years is coconut sugar. But is it really the healthiest added sweetener? Let's explore the benefits of coconut sugar and why we chose to use it in our pancake & waffle mixes.
It's Low on the Glycemic Index
Coconut sugar is considered a low glycemic natural sweetener, which means that it doesn't cause spikes in your blood sugar levels to the extreme other sugars do. Blood sugar spikes can lead to hormone imbalances, mood swings, and even type 2 diabetes. The glycemic index of coconut sugar is around 35, which is significantly lower compared to regular table sugar at 65. This makes coconut sugar a viable sweetener option for people with diabetes and those who want to maintain stable blood sugar levels.
It Contains Nutritional Value
Unlike white table sugar, which is stripped of all nutrients during the refining process, or zero calorie sugar alcohol sweeteners, coconut sugar contains a lot of its natural nutrients and essential electrolytes. Coconut sugar is packed with vitamins and minerals such as potassium, magnesium, zinc, iron, and B vitamins. These nutrients can contribute to a healthy immune system, better bone health, and improved overall health.
It's Better for the Environment
Coconut sugar is made from the sap of coconut tree flowers, which is a sustainable and renewable resource. Farmers don't have to cut down trees to harvest the sap, and the sap-producing cycle doesn't damage the trees. Unlike other sweeteners, such as corn syrup and agave nectar, which are produced by energy-intensive processing methods.
It Tastes Great
Coconut sugar has a lot of depth and flavor compared to other sweeteners. It has a caramel-like taste that works well in a variety of sweet and savory dishes (one of the reasons our cakes are excellent for savory dishes). Its flavor profile is also more complex than regular table sugar, which can make dishes more interesting and flavorful.
It Can Aid in Weight Loss
Since coconut sugar is low on the glycemic index, it helps curb sugar cravings and prevents overeating. It's also less addictive than regular table sugar, so you won't constantly crave it. Additionally, the various nutrients found in coconut sugar can help boost metabolism and support weight loss goals.
These are among the many reasons we will continue to remain steadfast in the use of organic coconut sugar in our mixes!