What is your favorite sweetener? Maple syrup, honey, molasses or just plain old sugar? There's no shortage of sweeteners in today's marketplace. (If you're trying to avoid white sugar, read about 7 Natural Sweeteners That Are Healthier Than Refined Sugar
!) Maple syrup has always been one of my favorite natural sweeteners. It comes from nature and is full of antioxidants and trace minerals. Yet, sourcing high quality and organic maple syrup may have you spending more money than your budget allows. Not to mention, maple syrup is still relatively high on the glycemic index, which means it can cause undesirable spikes in blood sugar.
What's Wrong With Other Natural Sweeteners?
A growing body of science
is linking a high sugar diet to type 2 diabetes, Alzheimer's, and heart disease. So, when it comes to selecting which natural sweetener you use, keep in mind:
- the source and quality of the sweetener
- how much you're eating (Eating tablespoons of any sweetener on a regular basis will impact your health negatively, no matter how "natural" it is.)
- the types of sugars in the sweetener (fructose, sucrose, etc.)
As far as maple syrup, honey, and other more natural sugars go, nothing is inherently wrong with them. However, they are still
forms of sugar. Additionally, maple syrup and honey can be troublesome for those who struggle with FODMAPS because both are relatively high in fructose. When consumed in moderation and alongside a well-balanced, nutrient-dense diet, natural sweeteners aren't an issue for most. Unless you've sworn off sugar for life, then coconut syrup may be the extra little sweetness you can enjoy as part of your healthy lifestyle.
Coconut Syrup: Better Than Maple Syrup?
Although maple syrup was a favorite sweetener for a long time, I've since discovered another equally amazing (if not better!) sweetener. Let me introduce you to a new alternative that will fill a gaping hole in your life you probably didn't know you had. Coconut syrup!
I like to say coconut syrup combines the best characteristics of maple syrup and molasses. With a natural caramel flavor, it's a wonderful addition to every whole foods kitchen.
Is Coconut Syrup The New Maple Syrup?
Coconut syrup is made similarly to maple syrup -- by tapping the coconut tree to release the sap. Then, the sap is heated and water evaporates, yielding a delightfully concentrated syrup. Wildly Organic's Coconut Syrup
has a rich, buttery, caramel-like flavor and a maple syrup-like consistency. So, why is coconut syrup the new maple syrup?
#1 -- Lower Glycemic Index Than Maple Syrup
Coconut syrup is a wonderful low GI sweetener. It has a GI rating of only 35 compared to 54 of maple syrup. Foods with a lower glycemic index will have a less drastic effect on your blood sugar levels.
#2 -- Rich In Minerals
Coconut trees are often grown in rich volcanic soils where the roots are able to draw an abundance of nutrients up from the ground. As a result, these nutrients are transferred to the coconut syrup. It contains high amounts of potassium, magnesium, zinc, and iron as well as 17 amino acids.
#3 -- Prebiotics
One of the lesser known benefits of coconut syrup is that it contains low amounts of fructose. Its sugars are primarily in the form of polysaccharide inulin, a well known prebiotic fiber that aids in digestion. Alongside probiotics, your body also needs prebiotics to feed the good bacteria in your digestive tract and create healthy flora.
#4 -- Coconut Syrup Is Unrefined & Never Chemically Treated
Nectar from the coconut blossoms is naturally quite sweet, so only gentle heating is needed to produce the concentrated coconut syrup. On the other hand, maple syrup is often heated to high temperatures in order to achieve the high levels of sugar concentration needed to achieve a syrup. Low heating helps preserve the naturally occurring enzymes found in coconut syrup.
How To Use Coconut Syrup?
You can use coconut syrup in any recipe that calls for maple syrup, honey, or sugar as an equal replacement. It's wonderful drizzled over pancakes, ice cream, waffles, or porridge. Coconut syrup is an ideal for homemade granola and as a natural sweetener in cookies. Try these delicious recipes with Wildly Organic's Coconut Syrup
Have you tried coconut syrup yet? What's your favorite natural sweetener?