Seeds and Cereals

Health Benefits of Coconut Sugar

The sugar coconut , besides being rich in vitamins, has a low glycemic index. Therefore, it is a great substitute for those who want to stop consuming regular refined sugar.

It is worth mentioning that coconut sugar is 100% natural. It does not contain preservatives, nor is it tampered with.

COCONUT SUGAR BENEFITS

Note the benefits of coconut sugar below:

1. Helps you gain lean mass

This sugar is highly suggested to people who are physically active. It should be clarified that, in diets to gain muscle mass, there is a restriction on foods that contain carbohydrates, as they can contribute to the accumulation of fat. As for coconut sugar, as it is abundant in potassium, it helps to contract and relax the muscles.

Still in this perspective, coconut sugar helps to reduce the incidence of cramps and pain caused by intense training and/or physical activities.

2. Prevents fluid retention

People who overeat foods high in salt or refined sugar tend to suffer from fluid retention. This way, they can have their weights and measures increased. Once coconut sugar is incorporated into the diet, this will no longer happen. In addition to the glucose being released gradually, this sugar is abundant in potassium. This mineral controls the amount of water inside the cells, thus promoting balance.

3. Low glycemic index;

As coconut sugar has a low glycemic index, insulin tends to be released gradually in the body.

4. Helps balance the intestinal tract

Coconut sugar contains a fiber known as a probiotic, whose name is inulin. As such, it contributes to the process of bacteria that are present in the intestinal tract. Furthermore, this fiber reduces the risk of bowel cancer, given the role it plays in preventing the growth of cancer cells.

5. Assists in weight control

Coconut sugar prevents appetite spikes caused by refined sugar.

6. Strengthens the immune system

Coconut sugar prevents the appearance of bacteria that can cause illness, thus strengthening the immune system.

7. Helps the nervous system

Among all the benefits for the body, one of them is the nervous system. This is because it is abundant in B-complex vitamins (vitamin B1, B2, B3 and B6).

COCONUT SUGAR PROPERTIES

Note the properties of coconut sugar below:

  • Iron;
  • Magnesium;
  • Potassium; and
  • Complex B vitamins.

COCONUT SUGAR NUTRIENTS

Initially, it is worth mentioning that coconut sugar has a high nutritional value. You can even say that it is higher than other types of sugar and sweeteners that we find in supermarkets.

It is noteworthy that coconut sugar does not go through the refinement process, unlike what occurs with white sugar. With that, the components are kept.

Note the nutrients in coconut sugar below:

  • Antioxidants;
  • Iron;
  • Flavonoids;
  • Magnesium;
  • Potassium;
  • Vitamins B1, B2 and B3; and
  • Zinc.

ADVANTAGES OF COCONUT SUGAR

In addition to its fantastic flavor, coconut sugar has low glycemic sugar. As such, it is metabolized without an immediate rise in glucose levels.

It is important to point out that foods that suddenly raise blood glucose can unbalance the body, such as premature aging, weight gain and wear and tear on the pancreas, for example.

If you want to buy coconut sugar, it can be easily found at:

  • Natural products stores;
  • Organic product stores;
  • Online stores;
  • Vegetarian product stores; and
  • Vegan product stores.

COCONUT SUGAR AND OTHER SUGARS

White refined sugar, more common on people’s tables, is the result of a chemical process. As it goes through the refinement process, nutrients are extracted and chemical additives are incorporated into the act of manufacturing.

With regard to brown sugar, it preserves the characteristics of sugar cane. It does not go through the refinement process, nor does it receive chemical additives. With that, the properties are kept. However, this sugar has antioxidants.

Note below some problems arising from excessive sugar consumption:

  • Gingivitis;
  • Osteoporosis;
  • Diabetes; and
  • Hyperglycemia.

RECOMMENDED AMOUNT OF COCONUT SUGAR

Based on the recommendations of the World Health Organization, the ideal is that the consumption of sugar is 5% a day. This consumption includes fructose, glucose and sucrose.

Although coconut sugar is more beneficial to health, the amount suggested by the competent body must be respected. Sugar is a type of carbohydrate and its consumption must be controlled, especially by diabetic and/or hypertensive people.

HOW TO CONSUME COCONUT SUGAR

Coconut sugar has the taste of burnt sugar, which makes it even tastier. Due to this peculiarity, it can be used to sweeten vitamins, juices, recipes and dark drinks. It is worth mentioning that when it is used to sweeten clear drinks, the original color may change.

Considering that it has a high temperature when burning, it can be used when preparing food on the stove and in the oven, as well as:

1. Coconut cake;

2. Honey cake;

2. Brownies;

3. Cookies; and

4. Pancake.

It is worth mentioning that, when we replace regular sugar with refined one, the recipe may have a different consistency from the usual one.

As for storage, the ideal is that it is in a sealed environment to avoid loss of moisture.

CONTRAINDICATIONS OF COCONUT SUGAR

Although coconut sugar has a low glycemic index, it is not recommended for people with diabetes.

Additionally, people who have high triglycerides should consume this type of sugar with great caution, given that high carbohydrate consumption directly influences this type of sugar.

It is noteworthy that, when an individual consumes food inappropriately and does not practice physical activities, triglycerides may change. This is due to the fact that, during activities, the body recovers energy to move, which in turn is found in triglycerides.

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Robert Asprin, APD is a non-dieting Accredited Practicing Dietitian passionate about inspiring positive changes in eating and lifestyle behaviors to help improve health while nurturing relationships with food and body.

Robert Asprin

Robert Asprin, APD is a non-dieting Accredited Practicing Dietitian passionate about inspiring positive changes in eating and lifestyle behaviors to help improve health while nurturing relationships with food and body.

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