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Coconut Palm Nectar: Low-Glycemic Sweetener

 

What is Coconut Palm Nectar?

Coconut palm nectar comes directly from the blossoms of Indonesian coconut trees (Cocos nucifera). It is made by evaporating the sweet sap of tropical palm flowers.The process of making coconut nectar is similar to how maple syrup is made.

Farmers gently hand-harvest the sweet nectar using traditional methods. The nectar is then kettle-boiled, to remove excess moisture.

Coconut palm nectar looks similar to other liquid sweeteners; however, it has not been chemically altered or enhanced in any way, making it a pure, natural, whole food sweetener.

*Note to raw purists: Coconut palm nectar is not a raw product, as it is evaporated using temperatures above 120 degrees.

What is Coconut Palm Nectar?

 

Benefits of Coconut Palm Nectar

Coconut palm nectar has a low glycemic index (GI) measurement of 35 (compare to cane sugar’s 50). The low GI makes it an ideal natural sweetener for diabetics, those interested in weight loss, or anyone simply looking for a healthier alternative to standard sweeteners.

Even though some sugar cane crystals are unrefined and retain many of their natural properties, they are still high on the GI scale and contain very little nutrition.

Coconut palm nectar contains vital minerals like potassium, magnesium, sulfur, zinc and iron, as well as vitamins C, B3, B6, B1 and B2. Coconut palm nectar has 25% more potassium than bananas! In addition, low-glycemic foods like coconut palm nectar can help lower LDL levels (“bad cholesterol”).

Benefits of Coconut Palm Nectar

 Sustainability

The Food and Agriculture Organization has reported that palm sweeteners are the most sustainable type of sweetener in the world. Tropical coconut palms require little water to thrive and can actually restore damaged soils and regenerate ecosystems which help support wildlife.

Coconut palms are more productive than sugar cane and can produce 50% to 75% more sugar per acre, which means more sugar can be made using less space. Coconut palms can be tapped for 70+ years without damaging the tree or the ecosystem, as opposed to sugar cane which can have a negative impact on the environment.

How to use Coconut Palm Nectar

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Coconut palm nectar is simple to use, as it dissolves easily in liquids and can be used 1:1 to other sweeteners such as agave. It has a full, unique, delightful caramel taste.

Try adding 1 tsp to any beverage or elixir you wish to sweeten. This sweet nectar is perfect for those interested in gourmet superfood creations such as chocolates and desserts. 

Recipe: Cashew-Coco Truffles

 

New Recipe: Cashew-Coco Truffles

Raw Carob and cashews go amazing together in this simple and versatile truffle recipe. You can substitute any nut (almonds, pecans, etc.) for the cashews, and instead of rolling in coconut, try rolling in pistachios or cacao nibs.

You could also add lemon or orange zest for a citrus twist… let your creativity shine.

     
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