Coconut Palm Sugar-Low Glycemic Index sugar alternative!

Palm sugar is a healthy alternative sweetener that has a lower glycemic index (GI35) than cane sugar, agave nectar or honey. Therefore, it is suitable for most diabetics! Organic evaporated palm sugar is especially high in minerals including potassium, magnesium and zinc, vitamins B2, B3 and B6. Palm sugar is unbleached, unfiltered and free of preservatives. The flavor has a slight coconut taste with overtones of caramel-yummy!

Organic Coconut Palm Sugar, a revolutionary sugar made from the nectar of the Coconut Palm Blossom. Amazingly low glycemic index of 35, meaning it is absorbed into your blood stream slowly and doesn’t have that rushed feeling you can get from regular sugar. A great alternative for people with blood sugar problem.

Moms, your kids won’t be bouncing off the walls due to too much sugar!! No more hyper activity from sugar!!! One teaspoon contains 10 calories and 2.5 grams of sugar and carbohydrates. It can be used as a 1:1 ratio/equal amounts in place of white/cane sugar. You can use it in place of all unrefined sugars including: sucanat, maple sugar or date sugar in my cookbook recipes, No Wheat No Dairy No Problem! Excellent in the fruit crisp topping and cookies! It comes in a liquid form as well and can be substituted in equal amounts for Agave or Maple Syrup in my recipes.

Big Tree Farms & Navita Naturals palm sugar is also vegan and kosher-available at health food stores. It can be labeled as Coconut Sugar, Palm Sugar and Coconut Palm Sugar and they are all the same product.

Cheers and Be Well, Lauren Hoover-West

Blue Agave Cactus-produces Tequila and a low glycemic natural sweetener!

Yes, agave is known for making tequila, but it is also a wonderful natural sweetener! White sugar can have many negative effects on our bodies including the highs and lows associated with it.  Now there is a great low glycemic alternative called Agave Nectar. And, many diabetics can tolerate agave too, but check with your physician first. So far it is only available in a liquid state, which can be used in place of sugar. It is a bit sweeter than sugar so you can use a little less than sugar. Did you know that sugar is actually a liquid although it comes in dry granules? Yes, in baking it is considered a liquid. Therefore, agave being a liquid is fine. It can be a little tricky when converting a baking recipe. I will be placing a space on my blog site soon where you can submit recipes for conversion. Keep an eye on the blog…or click on the subscribe button to get automatic updates via email.

Agave nectar: Tastes sweet and neutral. Extracted from the Blue Agave Cactus. Raw agave syrup has a low glycemic index and is absorbed into the body much slower than sugar. It eliminates the highs and lows experienced with eating refined sugar. Dissolves in cold liquid. Available in light and dark, use light unless recipe indicates dark. Dark has a molasses flavor and the light is very neutral and mild. Madhava is also making flavored agave that can be stirred into hot or iced coffee: Vanilla, Hazelnut, Amaretto and Cappuccino.

Enjoy!

Available at Whole Foods Market, Trader Joe’s and local health food stores or online at www.madhava.com, it is on sale at www.vitacost.com now