On today’s episode of Live Lean TV, I’m comparing coconut sugar vs regular sugar, and answering: is coconut sugar a healthy sugar substitute?
This is another post from our #TBT Q&A series.
So first, I’m going to share my answer to this question from 2012.
Then I’ll answer the same question again today, with more specific details.
Today’s question is from greeeeeen1021 on YouTube: Hey Brad, what are your opinions on coconut palm sugar?
I actually just posted an episode of Food Wars on healthy natural sweeteners, but I didn’t talk about coconut palm sugar.
I recently bought some since I read it is lower on the glycemic index.
However, at the end of the day, coconut palm sugar is still sugar, so it will raise your blood sugar levels.
In other words, make sure you don’t get the wrong idea and think it’s healthy to add coconut sugar to every single meal, or eat a lot of it every single day.
Now here’s my answer 7 years later.
If you’re wondering what coconut sugar is and how it is made, it comes from the sap of a coconut palm tree.
This is why it’s often referred to as coconut palm sugar.
Once the sap is removed from the tree, it’s heated to remove the water, and produces a smaller granulated sugar that is brown.
And as I mentioned 7 years ago, just because the word “coconut” is used in front of sugar, coconut sugar is still comprised of 80% sucrose.
This means it is sugar.
Don’t get me wrong, I love pretty much all coconut products.
Even though coconut sugar is lower on the glycemic index, it doesn’t necessarily mean it’s healthy.
However, when compared to the empty calories found in refined white regular sugar and high fructose corn syrup, coconut sugar is more nutrient rich in minerals.
The glycemic index essentially ranks how fast certain foods raise blood sugar levels.
When compared to regular sugar, coconut sugar has a slightly lower glycemic index ranking:
Although it’s not significant, it’s still something to take into consideration.
Again, coconut sugar is still sugar.
Even though it does contain more minerals than regular sugar, it’s still higher in calories than a zero calorie, natural sweetener like stevia.
Plus there are healthier foods that will supply you with more of those minerals, without the negative effects of sugar.
So the negative effects of high consumptions of coconut sugar far outweigh the benefits from the small mineral consumption.
Go with coconut sugar.
But make sure you use coconut sugar in moderation.
However, if you want the best healthy sugar substitute, go with stevia.
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