2010-06-16

Palm Sugar - The New Natural Sweetener Making Buzz!

We all know that artificial sweeteners are not good for health. However, people suffering from diabetes need to avoid sugar. Natural sweeteners, made from herbs, are definitely good for them but there were not too many choices in natural sweeteners for them till now.

Natural Sweeteners that were available till now include

Stevia- made from stevia leaves was the topmost choice. After many years of controversy, it has finally been accepted as a safe, natural sweetener. However, many people still do not like the aftertaste of stevia, and some others complain that it doesn't melt or cook like sugar does.

Agave nectar- which is a low-glycemic sugar made from the bulbous roots of agave plants- was also used by many people as natural sweetener. However, the controversy about whether it is truly "natural" or even low glycemic, did not make it an acceptable natural sweetener.

What is Palm Sugar?

Palm sugar is the latest buzz making rounds among people searching for natural sweeteners. Palm sugar is a low-glycemic crystalline sweetener that is similar to sugar in looks and taste. It almost dissolves and melts like sugar. Palm sugar is made from the flowers growing high on coconut trees. Nectar collected from this flower is air-dried to get a crystalline sugar that has a natural brown color. It is naturally rich with vitamins, minerals and phytonutrients like potassium, zinc, iron, and vitamins B1, B2, B3 and B6.

It should be, however, known that palm sugar is not a calorie-free sweetener. It has relatively low glycemic index and its calories are absorbed by the body at a slower rate than the regular refined sugar. Thus, it is helpful for those who are monitoring their blood sugar levels and want to avoid blood sugar spikes.

To know more about palm sugar, read this source article Why Organic Palm Sugar is the next big thing in natural sweeteners

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