Palm sugar is coming to market as a very promising product to replace plain white sugar in flavor and add much more.
Palm sugar dissolves, melts, and tastes almost like sugar, but it is natural and most importantly - it is not refined. It is extracted from the flowers of coconut palms by carefully collecting the flower nectar from them. This nectar then dries naturally and forms brown crystals - rich in vitamins and minerals, nutrients that include potassium, zinc, iron and vitamins B1, B2, B3 and B6.
Unlike white sugar, it is not refined or bleached. This is what retains all the nutrients in it. This is very rare in sweeteners because most are treated and purified. Even stevia, when made into white powder, is refined.
Palm sugar is not calorie-free. It contains calories like any carbohydrate, but at the same time has a low glycemic index. These calories are absorbed from the blood at a remarkably slow rate compared to refined sugar. This would be extremely helpful for people with problematic blood sugar, which rises sharply when taking white sugar or other sweeteners. Palm sugar is not a medicine, but it is an exceptional food with a surprisingly low glycemic index.Her glycemic index is 35! For comparison, that of honey is between 55-60, and white sugar - 105! With this index, it is close to milk and boiled carrots and still has a unique caramel taste.
With all that said so far, we can definitely label the palm sugar as - Super food. But there is one drawback - the price! It takes a lot of effort to extract such a healthy product. Climbing to the tops of palm trees, collecting nectar from its flowers is quite time consuming. This is followed by drying to obtain the crystals. It all takes time and patience.
Palm sugar is recommended for people with preconditions for diabetes, obesity and diseases associated with metabolic syndromes. A healthy source that can make our lives sweeter.
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