Nutiva Organic, non-GMO, Unrefined Granulated Coconut Sugar, 1-pound
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- NATURALLY EXTRACTED: Nutiva starts with the raw sap from organically grown, responsibly harvested, non-GMO coconut trees and gently heats the excess moisture away to yield a mildly sweet sugar without the use of dangerous and harmful chemicals.
- CONTAINS TRACE MINERALS: Nutiva Organic, non-GMO, Unrefined, Granulated Coconut Sugar contains potassium, magnesium, zinc, iron, and B vitamins and may have a lower glycemic index than other sweeteners.
- EASY SUBSTITUTE AND PREMIUM DIET COMPATIBILITY: Nutiva Organic Coconut Sugar is a natural alternative to high fructose corn syrup and an excellent option for vegetarian, vegan, whole food, paleo, ketogenic, and gluten-free diets.
- COMMITMENT TO QUALITY: Nutiva only uses sustainably grown, responsibly harvested, and naturally processed coconuts that stringently adhere to USDA certified organic and non-GMO guidelines to deliver superfood that is good for you and good for the planet.
- EASY TO USE PACKAGING: Nutiva USDA Certified Organic, non-GMO, Unrefined Granulated Coconut Sugar comes in an easy to use, resealable BPA free bag.
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From the manufacturer
Nutiva was founded in 1999 with a single purpose in mind: to revolutionize the way the world eats. Today Nutiva nurtures vitality by consciously curating plant-based superfoods.
Nutiva Coconut Sugar
Low in fructose, high in flavor
The perfect alternative to refined sugars and artificial sweeteners, Nutiva Coconut Sugar contains potassium, magnesium, zinc, iron, and B vitamins. It has a lower glycemic index than table sugar (35, compared to 60-65 for table sugar) and is significantly lower in fructose.
- Ingredients: Coconut sugar
- Storage: Store away from sunlight in a dry place
Nutiva Coconut Sugar has a subtly sweet taste, similar to brown sugar with a hint of caramel, excellent for baking.
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Nutiva's Organic Coconut Sugar is made from fresh coconut tree sap, collected from the cut flower buds. The sap is heated to evaporate moisture, resulting in the crystal or granular form of sugar. The subtly sweet taste of Coconut Sugar is similar to brown sugar with a hint of caramel. Unrefined and unprocessed, it is considered to be healthier than other refined and chemical sweetener options. Coconut Sugar contains potassium, magnesium, zinc, iron, and B vitamins. It is also reported to have a lower glycemic index than other sweeteners on the market
- Package Dimensions : 6.5 x 5.6 x 1.5 inches; 1 Pounds
- Item model number : SGR101p
- UPC : 692752103018
- Manufacturer : AmazonUs/NUTJM
- ASIN : B00MOJUTO2
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So I CANNOT buy this again. Gross! I’m upset because it was the best price.
By Monica Thompson on July 8, 2018
So I CANNOT buy this again. Gross! I’m upset because it was the best price.
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.
So, for recipes that call for brown sugar...I sub it out with this stuff. It has a similar enough taste, but...the glycemic index is dramatically lower. And it also does have some trace vitamins and minerals in it (vitamin c, iron, copper, zinc, thiamin)...they are trace amounts, so that's not a huge factor in my decision, but it definitely is a benefit traditional table sugar doesn't have.
The reason I didn't give it 5 stars is that some of the bags with this product don't reseal well or easily, and we have a subscription for this and have been getting it through Amazon for quite some time now, so I've seen several bags of it come through my house, enough to know it has happened more then once, and it does bother me, because then I have to transfer it to a container of my own to keep it in good condition. That may not be a factor for you if you are a person who already likes to store things in different containers...I am not if it's supposed to come with a re-sealable bag. It's a small enough thing, but it matters to me. Otherwise, we haven't had any quality issues with this product and my sugar lovers haven't noticed any negative differences at all in the taste of their treats.
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