I have been using coconut sugar instead of regular white sugar for years now, and after doing an hour long investigation into sugars, it seems this has been under false pretenses. I thought it was better for me. But is it? When you look at all the organic magazines and with all the health coach suggestions, and the fact that you would believe anything they say because they look so fab, that is why I switched without doing any research back then.
I only ever use sugar in my coffee, in the morning or the occasional coffee in the afternoon. I have my coffee with 1 teaspoon of sugar and with a nice 10% lactose free creamer. Lately I don’t bake as much so that is pretty much it for my sugar intake per day. Of course this is not counting the sugars hidden in fruits, vegetables, condiments etc.
Lets start from the beginning. For us girls, women, calories are very important BUT coconut sugar provides the same number of calories and carbohydrates as regular cane sugar so it wouldn’t make any sense calorie wise.
That was a huge surprise for me!!!
The main reason sugar is so unhealthy, is because it is loaded with fructose. Regular table sugar (sucrose) is 50% fructose, 50% glucose. Even though I see claims all over the web that coconut sugar is effectively fructose free, it is made of 70%-80% sucrose!!!!
Is coconut sugar more nutritious? Actually you’d have to eat a ridiculous amount of it to satisfy your need for the nutrients – iron, Zinc, Calcium, Potassium, polyphenols and antioxidants.
I guess coconut sugar is slightly “less bad” than regular sugar but from now on, I will step away from the brainwashers and start using regular white sugar again. Me, personally, I believe it was just a very good PR job by whoever started hyping the coconut sugar. And a few weeks back, there were studies published that coconut oil is not as good as we thought it was as well. So here, you can make your own decisions what to believe and what not.
Bottom line, too much sugar of any type – white, brown, coconut, honey, maple syrup, agave nectar – raises blood triglycerides, lowers HDL (good) cholesterol and contributes excess calories to your diet.
*You need some triglycerides for good health. But high triglycerides might raise your risk of heart disease and may be a sign of metabolic syndrome. Metabolic syndrome is the combination of high blood pressure, high blood sugar and too much fat around the waist.
*HDL – good cholesterol * LDL – bad cholesterol