Coconut Sugar? Has anyone tried this?

John Crowley
By John Crowley Latest Reply 2011-06-01 08:46:18 -0500
Started 2010-11-17 12:35:08 -0600

I heard recently that coconut sugar is being sold as a "low-glycemic" sweetener.

Has anyone tried it or tested it's impact on their blood sugar? I found a site that claims the glycemic index for the sugar is 35, which certainly sounds low for something called "sugar."

I'd love to get your feedback. Here's a link where I read a little more about it.

21 replies

"LIL" Dolly
"LIL" Dolly 2010-11-27 20:18:11 -0600 Report

what store can you find the coconut sugar @? Please let me know what store I can buy it in. it sound real intresting.

Thanks, signed Gwen

BIRDY 2010-11-23 16:14:19 -0600 Report

I guess coconut oil is not available here in the Turkish market however I'd like to talk about another alternative ; Fructose.I'm not talking about the corn syrup that called as fructose.This one is made of fruits&vegetables and available in the granule form.My husband never liked the artificial sweeteners due to the after-taste and headacke. His Dr allowed us to use fructose and now he is very happy with the desserts. Fructose is 20% more sweet than the table sugar so that a less amount is enough for a good taste.The Glycemic Index is 19 only.

jayabee52 2010-11-25 22:29:42 -0600 Report

Jem couldn't stomach (upset) any artificial sweeteners, even stevia. But we tried a sweetener called "wheylow" (found about it on a discussion in DC ), and she liked it and her stomach could handle it. It is a mixture of lactose and fructose and supposedly raises BG#s slower than regular sugar. I don't remember what the GI with that product, but Jem liked it. and I preferred her having that rather than table sugar. The problem with that was I had to order it from someplace on the east coast, and it is fairly expensive.

BIRDY 2010-11-27 09:34:12 -0600 Report

Sweet Jem had the same problem with my hubby then.James I have searched this wheylow after reading your post.Yes it looks 100% natural and worth to try but I've not seen here yet.We are planning a trip to USA soon and I'll try to buy some if I can find at the markets.

jayabee52 2010-11-27 11:58:23 -0600 Report

Where are you coming to USA?

I couldn't find it in the markets locally (San Francisco bay area). I think the WheyLow website has information on where it can found in the stores.

I pray you have a safe and enjoyable trip.

BIRDY 2010-11-27 12:21:20 -0600 Report

Thanks a lot for your nice wishes James . We will go to Atlanta to see a very close friend of us.Before the flight I'll check that page to be sure if we can buy over there.
I've never been in USA in the winter time so that I'm very excited.

jayabee52 2010-11-27 12:51:42 -0600 Report

I've not been to Atlanta in winter, but from what I've heard it is rather mild in the winter. Not very many days below freezing there as I recall.

Where I grew up in Northwest Ohio it was below freezing much of the winter, with some REALLY cold days it would get down to - 20°f with wind chills about - 40°f. Mighty cold!

BIRDY 2010-11-27 16:48:24 -0600 Report

God , it is not freezing but it's the fridge by itself :)
James , I hope the weather would allow us to go outside cause it wouldn't be interesting flying 10000 miles and stay at home during a week.

jayabee52 2010-11-27 20:12:30 -0600 Report

In Atlanta at that time of year it should be rather mild. If you have warm jackets and sweaters that should be good enough to be able to get out and about. I understand that Atlanta is a very beautiful city.

GabbyPA 2010-11-17 18:47:08 -0600 Report

I use coconut oil in my cooking and I drink coconut water in my smoothies, but I have not seen coconut sugar. I do like Natural News, they have some good info. I just ordered my case of coconut water from Amazon, maybe I will order some of this as well.

cavie2 2011-06-01 08:46:18 -0500 Report

checking out coconut oil on the internet I found that it is good in solid or liquid form to rub a little amount into the scalp to help improve hair loss, I try this as well as another product and it is also supposed to be good to use it in cooking as it is claimed to help in weight loss. So lets all eat coconut and be slim and hairy. Yeahhhh way to go!!!

Dev 2010-11-18 11:40:49 -0600 Report

Coconut, fresh and dried, oil and coconut milk used to be our everyday kitchen ingredients tranditionally but we reduced the use over the years because it is very high in saturated fats. I was wondering why you use coconut oil for cooking. I was under the impression that coconut oil is not big in US for cooking.

GabbyPA 2010-11-18 20:20:46 -0600 Report

I have started using it in the last year. I was looking for an alternative to olive oil in some cooking. I don't use it everyday. Olive oil is my staple, but I use organic coconut oil for some dishes and it's nice. It is a saturated fat, but it is plant based and that is supposed to be better than other saturated fats that come from animals.

Dev 2010-11-19 07:56:58 -0600 Report

That makes sense. We never used any animal based fats so for us the move was from coconut oil to sesame oil, peanut oil and sunflower oil. Here in US we use sesame oil regularly.

GabbyPA 2010-11-21 10:27:20 -0600 Report

I use peanut oil, olive oil, sesame oil and I have just bought my first sunflower oil, but have not used it yet. I think it will end up in some of my Thanks giving treats. Finding cold pressed oils is the hardest though.

I love the flavor properties of each of the different ones and that is why I keep several in my home so I can use them for different foods. I don't like olive oil in baked goods unless they are savory. Peanut oil and coconut oils are good for that. I love sesame oil for my stir fried veggies. That adds so much flavor. Yum

Graylin Bee
Graylin Bee 2010-11-17 15:23:06 -0600 Report

Thanks for the heads up. I'm allergic to coconut. Love it but it doesn't love me back. Now I'll know to double check the lables for it in no-sugar added foods.

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