Coconut Palm Sugar Part II

Here is some more  information on sweeteners and Coconut Palm Sugar. If you have my cookbook, No Wheat No Dairy No Problem, you can substitute the ( maple sugar, date sugar, Succanat or any other sugar) with coconut palm sugar with the same amount/measurement. It has a little bit of a caramel flavor. If you do not wish to use Agave, which the jury is still out, go ahead and substitute it with either Coconut Palm Sugar(comes in crystals and liquid) or 100% Pure Real Maple Syrup or raw honey.
Raw honey generally scores around 30-40 on the glycemic index (making it moderate) whilst most commercial honeys seem to score between 55 and 80 on the index which is high. If the honey has been adulterated with refined glucose then it may be even higher.
Just keep the flavor you wish to achieve in mind. Maple syrup will give a stronger flavor and recipes that contain chocolate or ginger will tolerate the strong flavor, but it will change more delicate recipes like Vanilla Pudding into something that resembles Butterscotch Pudding. The crystal form of the Coconut Palm Sugar is ideal for things like Crisp Topping in Fruit Crisp recipes(see Free Summer Recipes on this site for mine).
There is no deforestation associated with Coconut Palm Sugar like with Palm Oil. The trees are not cut down and there is no harm being done as a result of Coconut Palm Tree farms. The farmers climb up ladders to collect the  sap from the white blossoms which is harvested by hand and the trees remain to produce more blossoms! The sap is then caramelized and either dried to crystallize or remains liquid to be bottled.
I think you will find the information below interesting. I hope that this will inspire you to switch out your sugar for Coconut Palm Sugar, which is low glycemic index like Agave Nectar.  Maple Syrup is not low glycemic, so use it in moderation or just be aware and remember moderation and balance in eating, cooking and thriving is key.
COCONUT PALM SUGAR
Nutritional Information

Macro-Micro Nutritional Information

The Philippine Food and Nutrition Research Institute released the following information about their analysis of nutritive values found in coconut palm sugar.  The original comparison only contained Coconut Nectar, Brown Sugar and Refined White Sugar.  To provide a broader comparative analysis, we included Light Agave Syrup, Honey and Maple Syrup.  We realize that all of these sweeteners, including Coconut Palm Nectar, are agricultural products which means this data can change from product to product, batch to batch, season to season, region to region.  This information is based on averages that we obtained from publicly available databases, primarily found on the internet.  Our posted analysis is a genuine effort to provide consumers with an authentic comparison, yet we urge all consumers to conduct their own research in order to feel confident about anything going into their bodies.

Macro-nutrients (mg / 100gm) Coconut Palm Sugar Agave Syrup Honey Maple Syrup Brown Sugar Refined, White Sugar
Nitrogen (N) 202 NA NA NA 10 0
Phosphorus (P) 79 7 4 2 3 0
Potassium  (K) 1,030 1 52 234 65 2.5
Calcium (Ca) 8 1.5 6 67 24 6
Magnesium (Mg) 29 1 2 14 7 1
Sodium (Na) 45 1 4 9 2 1
Chloride (Cl) 470 NA NA NA 16 10
Sulfur (S) 26 NA NA NA 13 2
Boron (B) 0.6 NA NA NA 0
Zinc (Zn) 2 0.2 0.2 4.2 .2 0.1
Manganese (Mn) 0.1 0.1 0.1 3.3 .2 0
Iron (Fe) 2 1 0.4 1.2 1.26 0.1
Copper (Cu) 0.23 0.1 0 0.1 0 0
Thiamine 0.41 0 0 0 0 0
Vitamin C 23.4 0.5 0.5 0 0 0

Sources:  COMPARISON OF THE ELEMENTAL CONTENT OF 3 SOURCES OF EDIBLE SUGAR –  Analyzed by PCA-TAL, Sept. 11, 2000.  (MI Secretaria et al, 2003) in parts per million (ppm or mg/li).  www.nutritiondata.com

Health Attributes of Palm Sugar Nutrients:

Macro-nutrients Health benefits provided by these nutrients
Nitrogen (N) help treat cardiovascular diseases
Phosphorus (P) important for bone growth, kidney functions and and cell growth
Potassium  (K) reduces hypertension, helps regulate blood sugar, helps control cholesterol levels and weight
Calcium (Ca) vital for strong bone and teeth, and for muscle growth
Magnesium (Mg) essential for metabolism, nerves and stimulates the brain (memory)
Sodium (Na) plays a key role in the functioning of nerves and muscles
Chloride (Cl) corrects the pressure of body fluids and balance the nervous system
Sulfur (S) important for healthy hair, skin and nails, also helps maintain oxygen balance for proper brain function.
Boron (B) essential for healthy bone and joint function, enhances body’s ability to absorb calcium and magnesium
Zinc (Zn) called the “nutrient of intelligence” is necessary for mental development
Manganese (Mn) has antioxidant, free-radical-fighting properties, is important for proper food digestion and for normal bone structure
Iron (Fe) vital for the quality of blood, mental development and the immune system
Copper (Cu) helps to release energy, helps in melanin production in the skin, helps in the production of red blood cells and aid in the absorption and transport of iron.

Updates for all previous posts

Happy New Year Everyone! I have lots of updated and new information I am excited to share with you. Hope you all had a great holiday season and a have begun a very healthy 2011.

May you have a Valentine’s filled with love and chocolate. No Wheat No Dairy No Problem has an abundance of chocolate recipes for you just in time for Valentine’s Day, but who needs to wait for that? I’ll be making Chocolate Truffles this week and hot chocolate for this rainy Sunday. Those of you who don’t cook or bake can even handle the Hot Chocolate recipe! For those who love to bake; the Molten Chocolate Cake and Chocolate Decadence Cake are a little peice of Heaven, especially with Raspberry Sauce.

Substitutions in No Wheat No Dairy No Problem Cookbook: Yes, you can use low glycemic index Coconut Palm Sugar in my cookbook in all the recipes that call for sucanat, date sugar, maple sugar-just use the same measurement 1 to 1. It is now available at the Beehive and Asian supermarkets and health food stores. Agave has not been proven unsafe, but be sure you use raw blue agave for the least amount of processing. And, make sure to read ingredients and that high fructose/corn syrup has not been added in. The Maple Agave at Trader Joe’s has corn syrup-so, do not use this-buy the blue agave there instead.

Stores: Staff of Life in Santa Cruz is moving across the street on Soquel and is much bigger! I love this store for all the unique and familiar healthy food and the best prices around. It is worth a trip even if you live “over the hill”!

Jones and Bones in Capitola has brought in a line of gluten-free flours-such as sweet potato and mesquite. They have a german line of the healthiest non-stick cookware pots/pans-it has ground diamonds. They are so amazing and don’t scratch. They’re worth the price-not inexpensive but an investment. Jennifer always has one of a kind gifts and gourmet goodies that are fantastic gifts. You can order at www.jonesandbones.com and she will pack and ship it for you. She still has rare olive oils and vinegars too.

Product News: Bob’s Red Mill now has a Gluten Free line-including GF Oats. Well, I have been waiting and now it is here-GF Bisquick! Some Costco locations are now carrying Bison(Buffalo) ground and steaks and roasts for the best price! I found a delicious GF/DF  Chocolate or Carrot Cake, with a fine crumb texture, at Sprouts in Arizona by O’Doughs a Canadian company- It will be carried at Sprouts and the Beehive in San Jose, CA.

Warning: Green and Black’s Chocolate has added Milk Powder to their dark chocolate bars! They have reformulated, too bad. ;(

Bread: You can finally have a baguette that will transport you to France, but it is made in Italy of course!;) It has a crispy crust and soft inside. Makes a great hot dog roll, baguette slices, bruscetta and sandwich roll. It is called Schar and they also have dinner rolls and sliced bread. Yes, it has brown rice flour and psyllium. I don’t suggest you eat it all the time, but it will definately satisfy your yearning without a need to cheat! You just heat it up in a toaster oven or regular oven at 400 degress for 5 minutes.  It is available at the Beehive in San Jose, one of the best gluten free independant health food stores.

Dariy Alternative: Mimicreme has release their Dairy-free/Vegan Whipping “Cream” made with nuts! Yeah, we can have fluffy whipped “cream” again. Try it on top of any of my desserts and my Hot Chocolate recipe-mmm. You can also make the Meringue in my cookbook for a great alternative.

Sad things: Clementine’s Kitchen store in Monterey closed. We wish David and Drew all the best and thank them for providing us with one of the most beautiful cooking stores ever. Lots of Love and best wishes.

New Gluten Testing Lab: Cyrex Labs finally opened! They specialize in the most comprehensive and up to date saliva and blood testing for gluten sensitivity/celiac’s disease  etc…No more endoscopies-that is no longer the gold standard-thank you Cyrex! See the page on this site for Naturopathic Doctors(Dr. Bradley West) who use Cyrex.

Personal News/Blessings & Coming Soon: I will be posting a few of my television apperances on ABC Live in Sacramento and Chicago for you to watch.

Coming Soon: This year I will be filming DVD’s of cooking classes for you to enjoy at your convenience and you can watch them more than once, pause, rewind and fast forward all you like! They will be sold on this site and at my classes/events.

New Page Coming Soon: Dr. Bradley West, a Naturopathic Doctor will be writing a page on this blog for all of you on various subjects-stay tuned for that within the next month.

On a personal note: I’m engaged to be married to a man worth waiting  43 years to share this life together! 🙂

Be Well and share this site with all you know that can benefit from it. “May you live the life you’ve always imagined” by Henry David Thoreau