In the “Why I Buy” series I will explain why I purchase certain foods or products. Today there are many items in my kitchen (and in the rest of my home) that I hadn’t even heard of several years ago. Some of the things I buy are products or foods that people purchased regularly just a few generations ago, but not today. If you’re new to natural living or real food, this series will help you to better understand the benefits of certain foods or products that may be unfamiliar to you.
Why I Buy Coconut Sugar
I love sweets. Always have. Always will. Unfortunately, there was a time when my love of all things sugary was wrecking my health. Refined sugar is an addictive substance. It works in the brain much like the way that cocaine does. It gives you a lift, leaves you crashing afterward and drags you back for more over and over. And, like many illegal drugs, it wrecks your health while soothing you. (You can find out more about that here.)
What I have discovered about sugar, however, is that all sweeteners are not created equal. Refined sugars may contain GMOs and have usually been processed to the point that they are stripped of the nutrients they once contained. The body needs those nutrients to help digest the sugar. If the body isn’t provided the nutrients it needs alongside the sugar, then it must pull the nutrients from our mineral stores–namely our teeth and our bones.
The great thing about natural sweeteners, such as coconut sugar, is that they are whole. They contain the fructose and glucose that our bodies crave for quick energy, but they also have retained the nutrients that our body needs to help process and digest the sugar.
Replacing refined sugar with coconut sugar helped me to overcome my addiction to sweets. I use coconut sugar most mornings in my coffee and love the full, caramel-like flavor that it adds to my morning cup. I also use it to sweeten dishes that call for refined sugar. (I’ve found recipes calling for brown sugar to be best suited for this substitute.)
Why I Buy Coconut Sugar
- Coconut sugar has a lower glycemic index than refined sugar.
- Coconut sugar contains the nutrients necessary to help our bodies process and digest it.
- Coconut sugar contains fiber, which can slow the digestion process and prevent a sugar crash.
- I love the deep, caramel flavor of coconut sugar.
- It can be substitute with refined sugar at a 1:1 ratio.