With more and more people suffering from overweight, diabetes, and other related illnesses, coconut sugar can be a great alternative to the industrial sugar you are using.
Why Coconut Sugar?
Coconut sugar is the only sweetener that can claim health benefits. With a low glycemic index (GI) of just 35, it can be compared to oranges and quinoa and won’t cause a huge spike in your blood sugar levels.
Coconut sweeteners usually don’t contain any chemicals or additives and are minimally processed. This means that all the rich minerals, vitamins, and amino acids that coconuts offer don’t get wasted during processing.
Coconut Sugar vs Agave
Agave is often referred to as a diabetic-friendly, natural sweetener that doesn’t cause a spike in blood sugar levels. But some research indicates that most agave sweeteners available on the market might even be worse than plain sugar.
That’s because unlike coconut sugar, agave sugar gets treated with heat and enzymes. This all but destroys the natural health effects the agave plant offers and leaves you as a consumer with a highly refined syrup, high in fructose.
Coconut Sugar vs Stevia
Stevia is another natural and low-calorie alternative to artificial sweeteners. The sweetness is extracted from the leaves of the stevia plant.
However, there have been reported side effects by some users of dizziness, muscle pains, numbness, nausea, gas, and bloating after ingesting stevia and some users have also commented about detecting a bitter aftertaste using it.
Coconut Sugar vs Artificial Sweetener
Artificial sweeteners don’t contain any calories and are often promoted as the solution to the problems caused by high sugar intake. Unfortunately, the effect on your body caused by artificial sweeteners is still the same.
They slow your metabolism and thereby unconsciously make you eat more. Aspartame, Saccharin, and Acesulfame Potassium (the three main ingredients of artificial sweeteners) are also linked to an increased risk to get cancer and other diseases including Alzheimer’s, Parkinson, and Multiple Sclerosis.