What Is Coconut Sugar, And Is It Healthy?
Coconut sugar has become hugely popular around the world for people who are looking for a ‘healthier’ alternative to sugars and sweeteners. So what is it, and is it actually any healthier than other types of sugar? Read on for the full lowdown.
What is coconut sugar?
Coconut sugar is a type of sweetener that is produced in South East Asia. It is made from the sap of the coconut (which can be found on the flower of the palm) and the sap is then heated until you are left with a granulated product.
Does coconut sugar have nutritional benefits?
Unlike other types of sugar, such as corn syrup, coconut sugar does have some nutritional value:
- Contains key vitamins, such as zinc, iron, calcium, and potassium
- Rich in antioxidants which helps prevent damage to the cells from free radicals
- Contains polyphenols, which can help digestion
Is coconut sugar healthy?
Like all types of sugar, coconut sugar is still very high in calories and should not be eaten excessively. While it does contain some nutrients, you’re naturally much better off getting them from other foods with better nutritional profiles. It ultimately doesn’t have many more benefits than regular table sugar does; but like all things, a little of it can still definitely be incorporated into a health and balanced diet.
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by Toni Olukiran
Toni is one of our lovely Content Marketing Assistants, and when she’s not writing posts about everything from Jamaican cooking to vegan champagne, she’s making a Spotify playlist (she was at 200, at her last count) or playing tennis in the park.