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Coconut Sugar Good for the Health

To those who are looking for a naturally healthy sweetener, try coconut sugar which is finally available in the market.

At the recently concluded International Food Exhibition, we have found Coco Natura’s coconut sugar, which was quite similar to moscuvado in terms of color and texture. What made it different was its pleasant sweetness with a distinct coconut aroma. More importantly, this sugar is claimed to be rich in vitamins and minerals, 100 percent natural, and doesn’t contain additives, preservatives and artificial flavoring.

The coconuts used were organically grown in General Santos City where Coco Natura’s processing facility is located.

Coconut sugar is a byproduct from coconut sap (toddy) obtained traditionally by boiling freshly harvested sap until it evaporates and thickens then allowed to cool and become granular. Chemical analysis shows it contains higher amount of nutrients compared to brown and refined cane sugar. It has higher amount of nitrogen, phosphorus, potassium, chlorine, magnesium, sulfur and micronutrients levels. Coconut sugar can help in -the proper management and control of diabetes mellitus by lowering the total and LDL cholesterol level.

According to Anthony Frank Tan of Coco Natura, this organic sugar is safe for diabetics and non-diabetics. It was approved by the Bureau of Food and Drugs (BFAD) as well as the Philippine Coconut Authority (PCA).

PCA said that coconut sugar is good for people with diabetes since it has low glycemic index (GI) of 35. Glycemic index ranks foods on how they affect blood glucose

At present, the Coco Natura supplies St. Luke’s Hospital and Medical City, and continues to gain favorable reviews for its safety and health benefits.

Like other sweetener, coconut sugar can be used in coffee, tca. juice, cakes, pastries, and sauces or dressings. A box of 50 sachets in 5 grams costs P250.

Coco Natura also introduced the coconut nectar or coco honey. It contains B vitamins and minerals, and is claimed to boost the immune system, lower cholesterol, prevent complications of diabetes, kidney stones, and sickle cell anemia.

Another product of Coco Natura that has good market potential is the organic coco flour. This is made from the coconut meat after the oil was extracted. High in protein and fiber, coconut flour can be used either as a substitute for wheat flour in breads and cakes to provide the limited amino acids in wheat flour, or as supplement or additive in breads, cookies and other snack food to provide dietary fiber sources.

Aside from these, Coco Natura also manufactures sap vinegar, virgin coconut oil, VCO soap and even coconut coir, thus, utilizing every part of the nut.