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Giving Thanks For Healthier Options

Here we share how we make our coconut sugar and why it should be part of your Thanksgiving dinner

 

How does Big Tree Farms make sugar from coconut trees?

Coconut sugar is actually granulated, dried coconut flower blossom nectar from a coconut tree and not made from the coconut itself, as some might think.

Farmers climb high to the top of the coconut trees where flower blossoms emerge. They tie the blossoms together, then gently slice off about one centimeter off the tips. This tied cluster of blossoms are placed in a collection vessel where the nectar will drip. 

Farmer collecting coconut nectar in Indonesia

Over the course of a single day, the tree can produce up to an incredible three liters of fresh nectar! This nectar is collected twice a day, boiled, and then granulated into coconut sugar as you now know it.

As the holidays approach, if you find it hard to resist all the desserts and sweets, opt for little ways you can improve your sugar intake by switching from regular table sugar to coconut sugar.

 

Here’s why coconut sugar is a healthier alternative

It’s unrefined

Regular table sugar undergoes stages of refinement and in the process, its nutrients are compromised and what is left are empty calories. Because of the simple, unrefined steps in which coconut sugar is made, its nutrients are retained and you can benefit from them. 

Benefits of baking with coconut sugar

 

It offers a higher source of nutrients

16 vital amino acids, potassium, calcium, magnesium, zinc, and inulin
  • Amino acids are the building blocks of protein, aiding in the maintenance of cells and tissues in our bodies, among other functions. Their importance is apparent in the fact that they are second after water in comprising our body weight.
  • Potassium provides the functions of electrolytes (what you also find in sports drinks). Our bodies lose electrolytes when we sweat so we need to replenish our system with these as they help with muscular strength, cramps, and brain function.
  • Magnesium regulates blood sugar levels and blood pressure. It helps prevent and manage hypertension and cardiovascular disease.
  • Calcium builds strong bones, reduces high blood pressure and kidney stones and also aids in weight management.
  • Labeled as the “nutrient of intelligence,” zinc is essential to mental development such as memory. It helps the immune system function, aids in skin repair, and facilitates physical growth.
  • Inulin is a dietary fiber that slows down the absorption of glucose (a form of sugar) and facilitates blood sugar balance. 
Coconut sugar is low glycemic

 

It’s low glycemic

Food characterized as high glycemic means it will raise your blood sugar levels faster—the reason you experience a sugar crash. Lower glycemic levels equal slower absorption of sugar in the bloodstream and less sugar crash. Coconut sugar has a glycemic index of 35 while regular table sugar yields a 65-70 rating.

 

So, is there room for coconut sugar on your Thanksgiving table?

In any dish or drink you would use sugar! Mix it in your coffee, tea, or party punch. Glaze it over pumpkin seeds or your turkey. Include it in recipes for cranberry sauce and a sweet potato casserole. Use it for all your baked goods from pies, puddings, and cakes.

And if you have any wonderful recipes that you'd like to share with us, tag them on Instagram with #bigtreefarms.

Happy Thanksgiving!

Healthier holiday baking with coconut sugar