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Nutiva Organic Sugar, Coconut, 1 lb, 3 Count
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241 of 245 people found the following review helpful
on March 11, 2013
Let me start off by saying that coconut sugar may not be for you, or that you may need to learn to like it. My usage of coconut sugar is primarily for my morning coffee.

Coconut sugar is derived from evaporating the water away from the nectar of the coconut palm flower. It is not refined like traditional table sugar, and as a result, has slightly inconsistent granule size and the occasional (harmless) spec or two of material in it that comes along with it. Ignore the reviews that say these are bugs.

As a health-oriented consumer, a father, and someone who likes to support sustainable agriculture, I can stand behind coconut sugar. From a health standpoint, coconut sugar has a low Glycemic Index (35) that makes it suitable for diabetics. This means that your body can easily control the rate at which your cells burns this sugar for fuel, which is important because it prevents the "sugar spike" and subsequent "sugar crash" later. From a vantage point of a consumer who wants to support healthy, sustainable "green" industries, coconut sugar is a good product to stand behind. The nectar is extracted from the prolific flower buds that grow on the coconut palm, and the tree can keep continually producing new buds. This means that the grow-cycle is very quick, highly renewable, and the trees are capable of producing for up to 75 years. Additionally, coconut palm trees are capable in growing in areas that many other crop plants are incapable of growing. Compare this scenario to land that has been used to grow/harvest sugarcane or beets: (you can do a google image search on the phrase harvested sugarcane" and compare this to a google image search of "harvested coconut palm sugar.") The unusable remains of the sugarcane plant (after the sugar has been extracted) has to be burned whereupon the smoke and particulate matter drift into neighboring communities to sugarcane plantations.

Regardless if you have been convinced of the health benefits and ecological/agricultural benefits of coconut sugar, let me provide some perspective of what your experience with this actual product will be. This product was one of the more economical options among the coconut sugar varieties on amazon, and it was completely comparable to the other varieties I have tried. I liked how it was packaged in three separate one pound bags, and each bag is resealable. It dissolves completely in coffee, but (as other reviewers have noted) there is the occasional speck of matter from the coconut sugar that looks like a floating coffee ground or something.

Now onto the experience/taste with coconut sugar in general: you may have to learn to like it, but I found this fairly easy to accomplish. First of all, I had a fairly typical "western" palette that was previously scorched by over-sweetened foods. At first, I found the coconut sugar to be less sweet than refined sugar, but I quickly adjusted. Additionally, coconut sugar has a distinct flavor that you will not find in processed sugar. The taste is NOT that of a coconut, but more like molasses or brown sugar. I found the taste to be perfectly fine and not a big deal, but I could definitely understand an argument that it can slightly alter the taste of food/drink containing it. I am a bit of a "coffee snob," so a number of people may think level of detail is overkill: the coconut sugar pairs nicely (in my opinion) with coffees with chocolate, caramel, or richer (especially earthier) overtones; so for most people's big, bold morning cup 'o joe it should be just fine. Where I find that the coconut sugar can start to interfere with coffee's taste would tend to be with lighter, dessert coffees, and coffees that have hints of citrus or wine-like notes. As far as baking with coconut sugar, again, some people may find it to be slightly less sweet, which is something that (in my opinion) is a nice thing to start getting accustomed.

Lastly, I just want to point out some more nutritional info on coconut sugar: it contains a surprising amount of vitamins and minerals. According to wikipedia, coconut sugar is "a rich source of potassium, magnesium, zinc, and iron. In addition to this it contains Vitamin B1, B2, B3, and B6. When compared to brown sugar, coconut sugar has 36 times the iron, four times the magnesium, and over 10 times the amount of zinc." However, no one should ever doubt the fact that this product is still sugar and still provides just as many calories. Like anything, consider moderation.
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52 of 53 people found the following review helpful
on September 8, 2013
I have been using coconut sugars for the last 3 years due to a development of allergy to cane sugar. Coconut sugar also has a lower glycemic index than table sugar so I enjoy the stability it provides to my sugar levels (no sudden sugar highs or lows anymore).

I used to buy a different brand altogether in my local grocery store for a comparable price but relocated to a new state and availability is now spotty. This is my first time to try Nutiva brand.

Coconut sugar has a mild maple like flavor and this brand delivers that. In addition, I found this brand to have a consistent grain -- if you've tried a variety of coconut sugars you'll find some with larger grains or 'lumpy' inconsistent grains as well as shell chips or even a random beetle in them (yes, that's right; not all countries have quality control quite like the US!). Nutiva brand, however, has had none of these issues in the 3 bags I've used so far. I find it to be good quality with the expected flavor and the price is affordable. I'll be reordering this brand again.
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135 of 152 people found the following review helpful
on June 7, 2014
Here's the myth: coconut sugar has the lowest glycemic index of any available sugar, only 35 compared to 65 for white table sugar.

Except it's not true. That magic number of 35 comes from a single study many years ago paid for by... the Philippines Coconut Sugar Marketing Board. They administered the coconut sugar in a totally different way to the way the control sugar was administered, thus invalidating the comparison and artificially lowering the apparent glycemic index. Furthermore, there were 10 people in the study, which is far too few for a reliable average value to emerge. As best as I can calculate, coconut sugar most likely has around the same glycemic index as maple syrup, e.g. about 55.

In addition the coconut sugar people claim it is full of beneficial nutrients. But when you do the calculation it turns out you'd need to consume many kilograms per day to get meaningful quantities of any of them. And the glycemic shock would kill you long before your body was able to make use of the minerals in the sugar.

Finally, the way in which coconut sugar is obtained actually prevents the tree from pollinating which ends up being harmful to the tree.

So all in all, if you want an alternative to table sugar, go for maple syrup or honey, both of which have glycemic indexes of around 55. Agave nectar has a glycemic index of 88 and brown rice syrup has a glycemic index of 98. So avoid those two "options" at all costs.

Oh, and Stevia? No calories, but the sweetness detected on the tongue triggers a release of insulin in preparation for dealing with the sugar that should be coming shortly. And when no sugar arrives, the insulin binds to blood sugars that were on their way to your brain and your muscles. So you feel tired. That's why the diet soda companies put more caffeine into sugar-free drinks: to stop you noticing the sudden lethargy.
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43 of 48 people found the following review helpful
on September 27, 2013
It makes sense to assume so - but this product is made flower nectar, not from a mature actual coconut.

When I got my first bag, I couldn't believe how yummy it smelled; I was making everyone at work smell it (I keep it there for morning coffee) - and although I'd been comparing it to brown sugar, caramel, and maple, a friend totally nailed it: it smells like graham cracker pie crust! Delicious.

The flavor is in that neighborhood too - which for me was welcome! I really enjoy it for the flavor, so I will be doubly happy if all the info about improved glycemic index numbers and trace amounts of nutrients are true.

I love Nutiva's coconut oil - great quality and great value - so I trust them for this too. This price is completely comparable to my local grocery store's, so I don't feel dumb ordering it from the Interwebs. Give it a try!
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14 of 15 people found the following review helpful
I have tried other brands of coconut sugar, but Nutiva's brand is much finer and dissolves far better in drinks and in baked goods! Same great taste as other brands.
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13 of 15 people found the following review helpful
on January 3, 2014
I use this in baking. My favorite thing to use this for is to blend it finely in my BlendTec with a bit of cornstarch to make powdered sugar... then I use it in my favorite chocolate frosting recipe. NO GUILT!! Very tasty.
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14 of 17 people found the following review helpful
on November 24, 2013
I've used sweet&low for many many years and have tried multiple other sweeteners to try and get off it. Stevia just leaves me cold, honey is difficult to carry around, agave was good but it took too much to make something sweet etc. etc. I found my answer with the coconut sugar! Two teaspoons of this gives me enough sweet in coffee, tea and everything else. It's still hard to carry around but it's the best thing I've found and I haven't had a sweet&low in nearly a week.
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8 of 9 people found the following review helpful
on December 20, 2013
Great product, great price!! :) I love that coconut sugar has lots of nutrients. I use it in my banana smoothies to add a caramel flavor.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
on February 19, 2014
This stuff tastes incredible. The warmth and depth of brown sugar, with a subtle coconut flavor. Unlike brown sugar (which is just white sugar with molasses added back in), this is minimally processed. The closest facsimile to this is demerara sugar, which is equally expensive. Unfortunately, even if you can find it, you will pay $6 - $8 per pound in health food stores, so ...Amazon to the rescue!
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12 of 15 people found the following review helpful
on August 23, 2013
Delicious. It is exactly what I expected from this great company. I also buy their coconut oil which has the best taste of all the similiar products.
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