Coconut Sugar – a new sweetener on the block?


I am sooo excited! I think I have found my new sweetener. Have you heard of Coconut Sugar?  I hadn’t till today.  I went to a Food 2.0 conference today where they show cased upcoming healthy, wholesome and sustainable food and beverages amongst showing how to eat sustainably. One product that I really liked was Coconut Sugar!  After my previous post where I said I felt really let down because Agave Nectar is basically fructose syrup of another kind, I was back to eating honey and sugar when needed.  So I was pleasantly surprised when I tasted goodies made from coconut sugar and tasted the raw coconut sugar.  It is delicious and the coconut sugar has a slight caramel flavor making it perfect for desserts.

After talking to a representative from the company, it turns out coconut sugar is sucrose  (so it is sugar!) and not fructose, but the interesting part is its glycemic index is 35, similar to Agave’s glycemic index.  It is far lower than regular sugar and honey.

Coconut sugar has other benefits also and appears to be nutritionally significantly better than brown sugar, agave and honey. It has the lowest calorie count, has a low glycemic index, and is high in potassium.

Potassium is critical for helping nerves transmit signals, muscles contract and cells maintain fluid balance inside and out. It also helps maintain normal blood pressure. The daily recommended Postassium ranges from 4700mg to 5100 mg (depending on gender and age) but excess postassium can result in kidney issues amongst other problems.  1 teaspoon of coconut sugar is only 41.2mg of potassium, so you are probably okay!

Let’s see how this sweetener plays out when compared to Agave, High Fructose Corn Syrup, Sugar, Honey, and Stevia. I am definitely going to give it a try.

1 lbs bag sells for $6.45 online and in select locations in CA. There are also several other vendors that sell coconut sugar.  It can be found online as well as asian ethnic stores.

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  1. Gen says:

    Hi there,

    I’m confused – Sucrose is a combination of %50 glucose and %50 fructose – so how is coconut sugar sucrose, but not fructose??



  2. Rashmi says:

    Yes, Sucrose breaks down into 50% glucose and 50% fructose. While coconut sugar is almost 80% sucrose, some glucose and a small % (3-5%) fructose. The %s vary based on the brand, the process in which coconut sugar was made, the age of the coconut etc..Hence why coconut sugar is sucrose and not fructose.

  3. Great article-thanks! It is really helpful to have the visual chart showing the health benefits of coconut sugar.

    I LOVE baking with coconut sugar. It tastes great and has so many health benefits. For more information about the health benefits of coconut sugar go to

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