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Old 01-31-2011, 10:59 AM   #1
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coconut sugar

While shopping in Edmonton yesterday we ran accross coconut sugar - only one package left so picked it up - seems like a brown sugar substitute - nutritional info is as follows - per teaspoon - 15 calories and 5 grams of carbs. ingredients listed as coconut- says organic.
Has anyone used this. Havent tried it yet but will make something tomorrow and post results.
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Old 01-31-2011, 01:37 PM   #2
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I have not tried it yet, but have heard of it. I cannot wait to hear what you do with it!!
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A teaspoon of packed brown sugar is 17 calories and 4 grams carbs, so I'm not sure you're saving much there.

Brown sugar has a glycemic index of 54, and I've seen varying listings for the coconut palm sugar from 35 up - but it makes me wonder if, like agave nectar, it's high in fructose and that is why it's lower on the GI scale? Since your liver can't process the fructose the same as sucrose or glucose, it doesn't hit the bloodstream like they do, resulting in lower GI scores BUT it also gets stored very easily as fat!

I haven't been able to find anything yet that gives the sucrose/fructose/glucose ratios of this sugar so can't say that for sure though.
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Old 01-31-2011, 11:20 PM   #5
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According to Sweet Tree's site...
The major component of SweetTree organic coconut sugar is sucrose (70-79%) followed by glucose and fructose (3-9%) each.
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OK, so at least it's not a high fructose sugar!

I don't see how it's very low-glycemic though, honestly, with a ratio that high in sucrose?

I dunno - it's probably not something I'll mess with - but if you try it, like it, and it causes you no problems, then
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I've used it. It tastes like brown sugar so... I don't wanna use it anymore because I'm afraid it's REAL sugar, you know?
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Old 02-02-2011, 08:33 AM   #8
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Based on Synergi's report about its sucrose/glucose/fructose makeup, I'd say it's pretty much real sugar! Just my observation though.
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Tastes like it. It even caramelizes. Cause I sprinkled a teaspoon over mini banana loaves and it acted just like brown sugar.
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I guess we need a diabetic to tell us if their blood sugar goes up after trying it. I'm not sure how they can say its diabetic safe if its high on the G.I. that would be dangerous and open them up to all manner of lawsuits for false advertising. Now I have 2 pounds of it here and I'm afraid to try it lol.

Once I'm off my diet and slowly add sugars back, I will probably try it then. Either way I'm sure its better then white sugar for you.

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Old 02-05-2011, 09:19 PM   #11
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After looking around for reviews, I actually found one on amazon from a diabetic as follows below..

Being a type II diabetic is challenging when it comes to desserts. Concerned that I was consuming too many products using artificial sweeteners and while researching some other products (allergic to stevia and agave), I came across the SweetTree Blonde evaporated palm sugar which claims a glycemic index of 35. My body has had positive gylcemic reactions to sesame and coconut products and I made the purchase on faith that the glycemic load using this sugar versus artificial sweeteners would be similar. I made a batch of cookies using Splenda and another batch using the SweetTree blonde sugar and then tested my blood glucose. I did this repeatedly over the course of about 7 days and was pleasantly surprised that my blood sugars in both cases were consistently within a few points of each other. So, for my body I found this sugar to be just as good a substitute as splenda. For my money, I would rather put something in me that is closer to nature. We use it now in our morning coffee and the company will be releasing a new liquid version of the product in the fall sometime.

Looks like it may be a good sub for splenda and or Stevia..
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As I read through this thread, it occurred to me that sucrose is 50% glucose and 50% fructose, so the amounts given as contained in coconut sugar didn't make sense. It would have to be far higher in fructose.

I found the following site that gives what seems to me to be a reasonable breakdown of the components of coconut sugar.

Coconut Palm Sugar – Friend or Foe? | Gluten Free Real Food

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Now that all sounds good, right? However, sucrose is 50% glucose and 50% fructose. Let’s do some simple math and look at the actual fructose content.

70/2 = 35 —–> 35 + 3 = 38% (not too bad)

79/2 = 39.5 —–> 39.5 + 9 = 48.5% (pretty close to the same amount of fructose in table sugar)

So the actual amount of fructose can range from 38% to 48.5% (High Fructose Corn Syrup is 55%) In addition to the fructose content, it is not low carb. It is a slow carb.
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Ah, OK, well that helps explain it a bit more! That's why people aren't having a significant blood sugar rise - BUT they are probably having it stored as fat pretty readily.

I won't be trying it, I'm afraid.
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I just bought some... I tried coconut jam made with coconut milk and coconut sugar only. It's so good but... I have a headache now. I had about a tablespoon.
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