The Difference Between:

Coconut Sap Sugar vs. Cane Sugar


The Differences between Coconut Sap Sugar  and Sugar Cane -Based Sweeteners


Coconut sap sugar is a natural and healthier alternative to refined “white” sugar, artificial sweeteners and even with other  types of natural sweeteners such as sugar-cane-based sweeteners.

We define natural as coming from nature, meaning the sweetener has not been chemically  altered  or enhanced . Even if a substance is “naturally-derived’’, how that substance is processed  affects its natural status.

Coconut Republic’s brand of coconut sap sugar is derived from 100 percent natural sources. It is made from 100% all-natural sweet watery sap from cut flower buds of fresh and organically grown coconuts in the Philippines .

Coconut sap sugar is minimally processed without any chemicals or any other synthetic adulterants. Coconut sap sugar is a whole food  or a conventional food. The process of creating coconut sap sugar is  similar  to  maple sugar which is made by boiling and dehydrating the sap of maple trees. Coconut sap sugar is produced by the natural process of heat evaporation with no preservatives added. Coconut sap sugar is largely unrefined sugar, since it is only boiled coconut tree sap . Based on a study conducted by the Food and Nutrition Research Institute (FNRI) of the Department of Science and Technology of the Philippines led by scientist Dr. Trinidad Trinidad – the vitamins and nutrients of coconut sap sugar is still retained due to its minimal processing method.

Refined “white” sugar, muscovado sugar, brown sugar, turbinado sugar, sucanat sugar, demarara sugar , molasses and other dehydrated cane juice sweeteners, are all by-products of sugarcane or cane sugar. Coconut sap sugar is not  a by-product of sugarcane or cane sugar ,  but is a by-product of coconut.

1. The above-mentioned natural sweeteners from sugarcane or cane sugar are more processed than raw honey . Coconut sap sugar on the other hand is unrefined and minimally processed.

2. While refined “white” sugar, muscovado sugar, brown sugar, turbinado sugar, sucanat sugar, demarara sugar , molasses, dehydrated cane juice sweeteners (which are all sugar cane based or are by-products of cane sugar) are still technically considered under the category of “natural sweeteners” , comparative chemical analysis shows that coconut sap sugar still contains higher amounts of nutrients as compared with the above-mentioned different types of natural sugars / sweeteners from sugarcane (or cane sugar).

3. Several studies have shown that above-mentioned “natural sweeteners” from sugar-cane or cane sugar have a HIGH glycemic index rating which  will  raise your blood sugar levels . This is very much  unlike  the coconut sap sugar which several studies have shown, specifically the LOW glycemic test results from the Philippines, USA, Japan and Australia of coconut sap sugar  that it will not raise blood sugar levels. This LOW glycemic feature makes coconut sap sugar  a promising sugar for diabetics as it will not raise the blood sugar and it is also good for weight watchers or weight maintenance, which will prevent obesity. Low glucose index food is good for the proper control of diabetes mellitus and it has been shown to lower the LDL (low density lipoprotein) cholesterol or known as “bad cholesterol”.

The latest statistics on diabetes in the USA  alone shows as many as 24 million people with diabetes, or 8 percent of the total population. The statistics on  pre-diabetics is even higher in that 26 percent of US adults over the age of twenty (20) are pre-diabetics, and more than 35 percent of seniors, 60 and older are pre-diabetics which will total around 57 million Americans walking around with pre-diabetes, in addition to the 24 million that are already diagnosed as diabetics.   


A.    Coconut Sap Sugar   VS.  Refined “White Sugar

To produce refined “white sugar” involves washings, filterings and chemical bleachings  which removes the nutrients. Refined white sugar is bleached  with chlorine. When chlorine is combined with organic compounds it converts to dioxin, a lethal chemical. It takes 16 feet of 1 inch diameter sugar cane to produce 1 teaspoon of refined sugar.       

Refined ‘white’ sugar not only is devoid of nutrients but what makes it worse is that it even removes or uses up the nutrients we take in or get from other food sources.

Refined white sugar suppresses the immune system, increases the risks for cancer, autoimmune diseases such as diabetes, arthritis, asthma, alzheimers. It can cause premature aging and contribute to osteoporosis.  It feeds cancer cells and has been connected with the development of cancer of the breast, ovaries, prostate, rectum, pancreas, biliary tract, lung, gall bladder and stomach.

While on the other hand, all-natural, whole food Coconut Sap Sugar is preservative- free, chemical- free, bleach-free and is rich in vitamins, minerals and amino acids.

Again, an important coconut sap sugar advantage is that according to several glycemic test results from laboratories in the Philippines, USA, Japan, and Australia, coconut sap sugar has a LOW glycemic index ( ranging between 35 to 54 ; depending on the coconut sap sugar specie and method of processing of the coconut sap sugar ) . What low glycemic index means is that coconut sap sugar will be beneficial for diabetics and non-diabetics as compared with most other types of sugar-cane based sugars ( i.e: refined white sugar, turbinado sugar ,brown sugar, muscovado sugar, sucanat, demarara sugar, molasses, etc)  and other sugars  which are all tested to be high-glycemic sugars.

B. Coconut Sap Sugar  VS. sugar-cane based Brown Sugar

BROWN Sugar is a poor substitute for coconut sap sugar.  Brown sugar is not a natural sugar product like the other  raw, brown-colored sugars. Brown sugar is actually white sugar with some of the molasses added back in. Brown sugar contains from 3.5% molasses (light brown sugar) to 6.5% molasses (dark brown sugar). Brown sugar from sugar cane which always seems to be in uniform color and sweetness in every pack  is :

a) highly processed  as compared with coconut sap sugar which is unrefined and undergoes very minimal processing.  

b) Coconut sap sugar does not induce hyperglycemia or high blood sugar compared with the brown sugar from sugar cane. Brown sugar from sugar cane has a high  glycemic index of 60 to 100 Gi  per serving versus coconut sap sugar’s  low glycemic index of  35 to 54 Gi per serving .

c) Comparative chemical analysis has also shown that coconut sap sugar contains higher amounts of nutrients compared with brown cane sugar.

Major Nutrients in Coconut Sap Sugar compared with Brown Sugar


Macronutrient

mg/L(ppm) in Dry Matter

Coconut Sugar

Brown Cane Sugar

Refined Cane Sugar

Nitrogen (N)

2,020.0

100.0

0.0

Phosphorus (P)

790.0

30.0

0.7

Potassium (K)

10,300.0

650.0

25.0

Calcium (Ca)

60.0

240.0

80.0

Magnessium (Mg)

290.0

70.0

10.0

Sodium (Na)

450.0

20.0

10.0

Chlorine (Cl)

4700.0

180.0

100.0

Sulfur (S)

260.0

130.0

20.0

Boron (B)

6.3

0.0

0.0

Zinc(Zn)

21.2

2.0

1.2

Manganese (Mn)

1.3

2.0

0.6

Copper (Cu)

2.3

0.6

0.6

Iron (Fe)

21.9

12.6

1.2

SOURCE: Philippine Coconut Authority - Plant Tissue Analysis Laboratory

C. Coconut Sap Sugar    VS. sugar-cane based Turbinado Sugar

TURBINADO Sugar also known as turbinated sugar  is a  fine-textured moist raw sugar refined  by washing in a centrifuge so that surface  molasses is removed. It goes through the same refining process as white sugar, just short of the final extraction of molasses, and is essentially the same as white sugar (Source : Linda Page’s book entitled:  “Healthy Healing, A Guide to Self Healing For Everyone”).

Turbinado sugar is highly refined and lacking  in majority of the nutrients contained in honey or molasses.  It is  a high glycemic food compared to coconut sap sugar which is a  low glycemic food.

D.Coconut Sap Sugar VS. sugar-cane based SUCANAT Sugar

SUCANAT Sugar (an acronym from  sugar cane natural ) is the trade name for a sweetener made from dried granulated cane juice. SUCANAT’s average sugar content is eighty-five percent (85%) while the average sugar content of coconut sap (the source of the coconut sap sugar) is between twelve (12 %) to eighteen (18%) percent. 

SUCANAT is a concentrated sweetener with complex sugars, vitamins, minerals, amino acids and molasses retained. SUCANAT is however a  high glycemic sweetener compared with coconut sap sugar which has a low glycemic index rating.

E. Coconut Sap Sugar  VS. sugar-cane based Muscovado Sugar

MUSCOVADO Sugar  is made from unrefined evaporated cane juice. The sugar is not separated from the natural molasses , which helps it retain most of its essential nutrients, vitamins, and minerals.Muscovado sugar is made by heating cane juice and in its traditional cooking process lime juice is added  while the cane juice is being heated. Coconut milk  is also added in the heating cane juice . Muscovado sugar actually contains about 0.2% coconut milk. Coconut sap sugar  on the other hand is a pure natural product with nothing added.

Muscovado sugar is popular compared with other sugars because it retains several nutrients such as  potassium, calcium, magnesium, and iron, among other useful compounds. But as you will see from the Table below comparing the nutrients between coconut sap sugar and muscovado sugar-  coconut sap sugar contains more nutrients. 

Another major difference is  - coconut sap sugar is a  low glycemic index food while muscovado sugar is a high glycemic index food which will cause spikes in blood sugar .

Major Nutrients in Coconut Sap Sugar
compared with Muscovado Sugar

Macronutrients in Dry Matter Coconut Sugar Mg/L Muscovado Sugar Mg /Kg

Nitrogen (N)

2,020.0

 

Phosphorus (P)

790.0

3.9  

Potassium (K)

10,300.0

6,885

Calcium (Ca)

60.0

8.5  

Magnessium (Mg)

290.0

23  

Sodium (Na)

450.0

7 mg

Chlorine (Cl)

4700.0

 

Sulfur (S)

260.0

 

Boron (B)

6.3

 

Zinc(Zn)

21.2

 

Manganese (Mn)

1.3

 

Copper (Cu)

2.3

 

Iron (Fe)

21.9

2.0 mg  



F.
Coconut Sap Sugar  VS. sugar-cane based  Demarara Sugar

Demarara sugar is produced by a specialized co-crystallization process to provide consistent flavor, color, and texture, it has a coarse-textured, dry, raw , moist fine crystals .  Demarara sugar is also a high glycemic food compared with coconut sap sugar's which is a low glycemic index food.

G. Coconut Sap Sugar
 VS. sugar-cane based  Molasses


MOLASSES is mixed with refined sugar to color it brown so as to give it a natural look. The health risks of molasses are similar to refined table sugar. Molasses is considered a by-product of sugar refining.  It also has a high glycemic index rating while coconut sap sugar is a low glycemic index food.