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What is Organic Coconut Sugar?

Keraton Organic Coconut sugar is a premium natural sweetener devoid of added chemicals/additives. It is unbleached and contains no preservatives.

Keraton Organic Coconut Sugar

Coconut Sugar, also sometimes referred to as palm sugar, is produced by evaporating the sap derived from the flowers of coconut trees.

With a low glycemic index in its natural form, Coconut Sugar provides nourishing sweetness for the human body, to the extent where it is recommended for diabetic consumers as the prime alternative to other sweetening agents. Rich with nutrients and minerals, Coconut Sugar provides “slow-release” energy which provides healthy sustenance for the human body throughout the day.

A Prime Alternative to Other Sugars/Sweeteners

IMC’s Organic Coconut Sugar production process and product is certified non-GMO, Organic, Kosher, Halal and gluten-free. Our packaging facility/process is certified ISO 22000:2005.

Coconut Palm Sugar has a low Glycemic Index (GI) which is highly beneficial for weight control and regulating glucose/lipid levels for people with diabetes. Coconut Sugar has a GI rating of only 35 (contrast this to honey’s GI rating of 55 and cane sugar’s GI rating of 68) and contains an abundance of essential nutrients which are not found in other sweeteners.

Nutrition/Minerals:

Coconut Sugar has a nutritional content far richer than all other commercially available sweeteners. It is a rich source of magnesium, potassium, zinc and iron. It contains Vitamin B1, B2, B3 and B6. Compared to brown sugar, Coconut Sugar contains twice the amount of iron, four times the magnesium and in excess of 10 times the zinc.

Nutrient Values / Functional Benefits

Macro-nutrients (mg / 100gm) Coconut Sugar Agave Syrup Honey Maple Syrup Brown Sugar Refined, White Sugar
Nitrogen (N) 2020 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 0.2 0.1
Manganese (Mn) 0.1 0.1 0.1 3.3 0.2 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
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.

Vitamin Content

Vitamin Value (mg/dl)
Thiamine 77
Riboflavin 12.2
Pyridoxine
Paraaminobezoic Acid 38.70-47.10
Pyridoxal 38.4
Pantothenic Acid 5.2
Nicotinic Acid 40.6
Biotin 0.17
Folic Acid 0.24
Inositol 127.7
Choline 9
Vitamin B12 trace

As illustrated above, Coconut Sugar contains 12 of the essential vitamin B complexes. Benefits include regulating and accelerating the rate of metabolism, healthy skin and muscle tone, enhancing immune and nervous system function, promoting cell growth and division, and reducing the risk of pancreatic cancer.

Inositol, also know as Vitamin B8, which is the most abundant of all vitamins found in coconut sap, deserves special mention. Inositol is required by the body for the formation of healthy cells and has shown to be effective in the treatment of psychological disorders (depression, anxiety, OCD etc.) which respond to serotonin uptake inhibitors. Other reported benefits include supplementing pain medication, reduction in edema when treating scald burns and relieving the symptoms of diabetic neuropathy.

Supplementary to all the aforementioned, Coconut Sugar is rich in amino acids (16 varieties) which are key to metabolism in the human body and serve as a cornerstone of good health, serving as functional essentials in the growth, repair and maintenance of body tissues, enzymes and hormones.

Beneficiaries of Coconut Sugar Consumption

Coconut sugar has a low glycemic index and a low glycemic load. It is also all natural made from 100% coconut sap. No additives or any chemicals are needed in the manufacturing process. It is good for both diabetics and non-diabetics alike.

By helping to maintain lower blood sugar and insulin levels, a low-GI diet may be useful in preventing and treating a variety of the health problems. Here are some examples of how eating low on the glycemic index can help promote excellent health:

Diabetes – Substituting low-GI carbohydrates (like thick-cut oats, pasta, and legumes) for high-GI carbohydrates (like processed cereals, white bread, and potatoes) can help lower blood glucose levels in people with diabetes. This is why the GI has been an integral part of medical nutrition therapy for diabetes in Australia, New Zealand, Canada, and Europe for many years.

A low-GI diet may also help prevent diabetes from ever developing in the first place. Harvard University researchers who tracked the eating habits of over 100,000 men and women found that people whose diets are low in fiber and high in refined and high-GI carbohydrates are more than twice as likely to develop type 2 diabetes, as are people who eat a fiber-rich diet with a low glycemic load.

Cancer – Insulin is a cellular growth factor. Many studies have shown an association between high insulin levels and a variety of cancers including breast, colorectal, prostate, and pancreas. Other studies have shown links between diets high in sugar, refined carbohydrates, glycemic load, and cancer. This suggests that lifestyle changes like maintaining a healthy body weight, exercising, and eating a healthy low-GI diet may help protect against cancer at least partly by lowering insulin levels.

Cardiovascular disease – As with type 2 diabetes, researchers have found that a diet high in refined and high-GI carbohydrates may substantially raise the risk for heart disease. These foods increase blood insulin levels, which in turn contribute to a higher blood pressure, higher levels of blood fats (triglycerides), lower levels of HDL (good) cholesterol, and an increased tendency for dangerous clots to form and linger in the blood.

Hypoglycemia – People who have meal-related reactive hypoglycemia secrete too much insulin after eating. This causes the cells to remove so much sugar from the blood that they feel weak, shaky, irritable, plagued by headaches, unable to concentrate, and very hungry within a few hours of eating. Choosing low-GI carbohydrates can help prevent this type of hypoglycemia because eating foods that promote a gradual rise in blood sugar and a lower insulin response reduces the likelihood that blood sugar levels will drop too low.

Obesity – Since low-GI foods are slowly digested, they provide a gradual and sustained rise in blood sugar. This keeps you feeling full and satisfied and delays the return of hunger between meals. Conversely, high-GI carbohydrates provide short bursts of energy that satisfy you in the short term but soon leave you hungry. Many of the fat-free and low-fat foods that have become popular over the last decade such as bagels, processed cereals, rice cakes, crackers, snack chips, and cookies tend to rank high on the glycemic index and may actually contribute to a pattern of overeating in some people.

Environmental Attributes of Coconut Sugar

Coconut Trees are considered “Trees of Life” by many traditional communities here in Indonesia and around the world; they provide a variety of useful goods such as roofing material, coconut water, food, building material and shade for other crops. Coconut trees are recognized as ecologically beneficial tree crops which restore damaged soils, require very little water and play a supportive role in sustaining eco-systems of wildlife and other undergrowth.

As reported by the Food and Agricultural Organization (FAO) of the World Bank, Coconut Palms are the world’s most sustainable sources of sweeteners.

  1. Coconut Palms produce 50-70% more sugar per acre than sugar cane and use less than 20% of the nutrients in the soil.
  2. Coconut Trees can grow and flourish naturally in diverse eco-systems which are supportive to the presence of wildlife. This offers a contrasting picture to the somber reality and negative implications of massive mono-crop plantations.
  3. Coconut Trees require little water and can grow in severely depleted soil, and furthermore, can enhance soil structure and fertility; the aforementioned can translate to the conversion of marginalized land into lush jungle overtime.

Market Position

Coconut Sugar can serve as a 1:1 replacement for cane sugar. Furthermore, it has a very low melting point and an impressively high tolerance for burning, deeming it perfect for confectionary purposes. It also dissolves in liquids and wet dough without residue, because it is derived from nectar, as opposed to a crystal particulate such as cane sugar.

Organic Coconut Sugar, with its comprehensive nutritional and health benefits, transparent traceability and environmental sustainability, is an obvious winner in the market for sweeteners. The emergence of Coconut Sugar as a force in the retail market, is perfectly in sync with trending shifts in lifestyles towards ones emphasize a healthy and nutritional diet.