Can you substitute coconut sugar for white sugar?
To replace white sugar with coconut sugar in your recipe, the ratio is usually 1 for 1 (use 1 cup of coconut sugar for 1 cup of granulated sugar). You might need to play around with your recipe, adjust the other ingredients and the baking time but I found the substitution pretty easy to do.
Then it contains a fiber called inulin, which may slow glucose absorption and explain why coconut sugar has a lower glycemic index than regular table sugar (1). Summary Coconut sugar contains small amounts of minerals, antioxidants and fiber.
- Sugar is higher on the glycemic index (GI) than honey, meaning it raises blood sugar levels more quickly. This is due to its higher fructose content, and the absence of trace minerals. But honey has slightly more calories than sugar, although it is sweeter, so less may be required.
- While maple syrup and honey are widely accepted on lesser low-carb, paleo diets they are not allowed on ketogenic diets. Keto is a very carb-restricted diet so you have to be very strict with your consumption.
- One Earth - Organic Coconut Sugar (12 Tsp = 1/4 Cup)
Calories 15 Sodium Total Fat 0 g Potassium Saturated 0 g Total Carbs Polyunsaturated 0 g Dietary Fiber Monounsaturated 0 g Sugars
Coconut palm sugar is, as advertised, sugar. The worry here is that this “low glycemic index” likely indicates that coconut palm sugar contains a lot of fructose, a sugar that doesn't raise glucose, is highly glycating (meaning it increases free radicals and inflammation) and doesn't signal insulin release.
- Here are some of the benefits of stevia: It has a long history of safe use as an herbal sweetener, and as an antifungal, anti-inflammatory, and antibiotic agent. It helps balance the pancreas, which is quite often compromised in people with candida. It is recommended for diabetics and for people with hypoglycemia.
- Overall coconut palm sugar is a tastier and possibly healthier substitute for granulated or brown sugar. I wouldn't go so far as to call it a health food, or even low-carb just yet. Substitute coconut palm sugar for traditional sugar at a 1:1 ratio in normal cooking and baking.
- Coconut palm sugar seems to be slightly more beneficial than regular sugar but is still best consumed in moderation. Therefore, individuals with type 2 diabetes should treat it the same as other sugars and use it sparingly, as it still might raise blood glucose levels, despite its possibly lower GI.
Updated: 26th September 2018