The demand for coconut sugar has soared in recent years as more and more people are opting for healthy sugar substitutes. Despite its recent rise in popularity, within health and fitness circles, it may not be the healthy alternative to sugar that we thought it was.
As we unpack the facts on coconut sugar. We’ll go through:
- Where coconut sugar comes from and what it is
- How it gets harvested and processed
- The health benefits of coconut sugar
- Coconut sugar’s nutrient profile
- The possible benefits of coconut sugar over other natural sweeteners, including table sugar.
- Whether it is a viable alternative to sugar
- The sustainability of farming coconut sugar
- Coconut sugar recipes
- And how to substitute sugar in recipes, using coconut sugar.
So let’s get started!
Introducing Coconut Sugar To The West
Coconut sugar has been used in the East for centuries but it’s a fairly recent addition to the growing list of rebranded ingredients popping up all the time, in health food stores and online. It’s an ongoing trend in the health food industry to find plants and other healthy “superfoods”, that come from foreign locations (outside the West), and sing their praises and tout their benefits.