Have trouble controlling your sweet tooth? When trying to eat healthier, sugar is usually the first thing on the chopping block - but, that doesn’t mean we have to say goodbye to sweets all together! We use coconut sugar to sweeten our Vegan Matcha Lattes and our new line of Green Tea Mints. We are loving coconut sugar as a healthier alternative to refined sugar, and think you’ll love it too!
When it comes to food, being unrefined is a good thing! The majority of sugar you buy is refined to become the small white granules that typically comes to mind. In this refining process, the sugar is stripped of its nutrients, providing you with nothing but empty calories. Coconut sugar, on the other hand, is made in a simple process where the coconut flower bud is cut, and the sap is drained and boiled to evaporate the water. That’s it! This keeps the nutritional value in tact, so with each spoonful of coconut sugar you’re getting insulin, a fiber that helps slow sucrose absorption, plus iron, zinc, calcium, and potassium.
One of the many downsides of refined sugar is the spike it causes in your blood sugar levels, which can ultimately lead to serious health problems. We use the glycemic index to measure the effect of foods on our blood sugar–a scale of 0 to 100, where the higher the numbers, the more rapid the rise. Coconut sugar has a glycemic index of about 35, where in comparison, table sugar ranges from about 65-70. So next time you’re craving something sweet, pick up coconut sugar–the healthier option.
Starting to come around to coconut sugar? It’s so easy to make the switch! Coconut sugar can be substituted 1:1 in recipes, so you don’t have worry about complicated conversions, syrups, or droppers. It also has a rich caramel flavor which compliments booth baked goods and savory dishes. Need some inspiration? Check out some delightful ways to use coconut sugar.
As if you needed another reason to love coconut sugar, it’s better for the planet as well! Not only do coconut trees yield 50-75% more sugar per acre than sugar cane, they require much less resources to grow, plus tapping for sap causes the trees no harm. Coconut trees can even go on to produce for up to 20 years! We’re proud to say we get our coconut sugar from Big Tree Farms, which is Certified Fair Trade, Organic, and non-GMO.
So go ahead and indulge in a perfectly sweet and creamy Matcha Latte or freshen your breath naturally with a Green Tea Mint. But remember, coconut sugar is still sugar and must be enjoyed in moderation, but switching to coconut sugar is a healthier option and a step in the right direction. To help you make the switch, we’re giving 15% off our organic coconut sugar collection – try them out today!