In organic food, all artificial colourings and sweeteners are banned. However, we do add coconut blossom sugar as a natural sweetener for flavour balance in all our Blends.
Although it is often confused with palm sugar, given its colorbeing similar to that of raw sugar, this sugar is derived from the coconut palm tree and touted as being more nutritious and lower on the glycemic index than sugar. Coconut blossom sugar contains a fibre called insulin which is known to slow down the glucose absorption while promoting the growth of intestinal bifidobacteria. Bifidobacteria have been known to help restore the good bacteria in the gut and also boost your immunity by producing thiamine, riboflavin, vitamin B6, and vitamin C.
Coconut blossom sugar also contains healthy fats like polyphenols, antioxidants and many electrolytes like potassium, magnesium and sodium which are essential for regulating your body’s water content as well as many heart, nerve, and muscle functions. It also has traces of some minerals such as iron, zinc, and calcium, which can have many health benefits, including helping stronger bones.
Since coconut sugar is just dehydrated coconut blossom sap, it’s considered a raw food. This means that it retains all the rich nutrients and antioxidants found in the original source, given that it is not refined or chemically altered, and contains no artificial ingredients or synthetic substances. Antioxidants fight off the oxidation of cells in the body, which helps combat aging.
Nevertheless, we use coconut sugar sparingly. Although, it has a lower ammount of calories when compared to regular sugar, you'd have to eat a ridiculous amount of it in order to satisfy your need for the nutrients mentioned.
In some of our recipes we also suggest adding dates as they make a great substitute for white sugar. Dates are a source of fructose, are very sweet and also have a subtle caramel-like taste. Not only do they keep you healthy, dates also boost your energy levels since they contain natural sugars such as glucose and sucrose.
Other than being used as an aphrodisiac, dates are great if you cannot resist something sweet while being health conscious. Dates contain some important vitamins and minerals, in addition to a significant amount of fiber. They are also a source of antioxidants and protein rich. This fruit contains iron, calcium, selenium, manganese, copper, and magnesium; and is high in vitamins such as B1, B2, B3 and B5, as well as A1 and C. Consumption of dates promotes bone health, comfortable digestion and reduces inflammation while improving brain function. It may also prevent heart decease, lower the risk of colon cancer and help regulate cholesterol levels.