Why Coconut Blossom Nectar?
Coconut Blossom Nectar is generating much interest in the health food market these days and it’s easy to see why. It’s really tasty and Coconut Blossom Nectar scores low on the Glycemic Index. It has been tested and sits at 36 out of 100 on the GI scale, making it a great sweetener for diabetics when used in small amounts. It naturally contains more vitamins, minerals, amino acids than processed sugar, as well as many other nutrients such as potassium, iron and zinc.
How is Coconut Blossom Nectar harvested?
Coconut Blossom Nectar is derived from the sap of coconut blossoms and is heated at a temperature of between 60 – 70 degrees to form a thick syrup similar to maple syrup. Heating the nectar at these low temperatures, rather than boiling it, allows the nectar to retain its nutritional.
We pride ourselves on sourcing sustainable raw materials, so you will be pleased to learn that the extraction process of Coconut Blossom Nectar doesn’t harm the coconut tree in any way and the coconut tree continues to blossom and produce sap for many years to come. Coconut Blossom Nectar needs to be hand harvested thus it doesn’t lend itself to mass production, therefore it is extracted on a small scale by skilled locals in the surrounding areas. This uplifts local communities and allows individuals to support their families.
Health Benefits of Coconut Blossom Nectar
> Low GI
Coconut Blossom Nectar is known for its low GI index of 36, compared to organic sugar at 47 and refined sugar at 80. This therefore makes it a safer alternative for diabetics or anyone who wishes to maintain balanced blood sugar levels. Balancing blood sugar levels is not only important for your health but can also aid in weight loss as balancing blood sugar levels can reduce sugar cravings and other addictive eating behaviours.
One should also be aware of the Glyceamic load of a food when eaten in large amounts. Low GI does not mean “eat with reckless abandon.”
> Low Fructose
Coconut Blossom Nectar also has a low fructose content which means it is a healthier option if you are watching your waistline. Fructose is metabolised by your liver and can immediately be converted into fat if too much is consumed. Coconut Blossom Nectar is primarily made up of glucose and sucrose, so it is processed by the intestine which means your body can assimilate and use it more effectively than fructose.
> High in Inulin
Coconut Blossom Nectar is also high in inulin which is a prebiotic fibre and so aids in the process of digestion and can increase the healthy flora in your gut microbiome.
> Nutrients and minerals
Although it is not to be considered a mineral rich food to rely on for your daily nutrition, Coconut Blossom Nectar contains more nutrients and minerals when compared to other processed sugars. For example, Coconut Blossom Nectar is richer in zinc, magnesium, iron, B vitamins and even Vitamin C than processed brown cane sugar.
For a sweetener it’s also interesting to note that there are 17 amino acids found in Coconut Blossom Nectar. Certainly not in the amounts that one requires for building muscle, but even in small quantities it’s nice to know that you are adding some goodness to your food. Amino acids are the building blocks of protein and make up our cells, tissues and muscles. They are also essential for muscle growth and tissue repair. Coconut Blossom Nectar contains the 9 essential amino acids that the body doesn’t naturally make and we must obtain these through the foods we eat.
> Additive Free
Along with all the health benefits of Coconut Blossom Nectar, depending on the brand you buy, it is also free of additives, preservatives, chemicals, GMOs and is unrefined. This is due to its naturally delicious taste so nothing extra needs to be involved in the extraction process.
Light vs. Dark Coconut Blossom Nectar
There is not much difference nutritionally between light and dark Coconut Blossom Nectar, only the taste and colour vary.
Dark Coconut Blossom Nectar is heated at 70 degrees which gives it a caramelised brown colour with a dark maple syrup flavour.
Light Coconut Blossom Nectar is heated to 63 degrees and is golden brown in colour. The flavour produced is sweet with delicate citrusy notes.
How to use coconut blossom nectar
Coconut Blossom Nectar has many uses and can be a great addition to your daily diet. This natural sweetener can be used to sweeten hot drinks, juices, smoothies and can also be used in raw desserts. It can even make a great addition as a delicious topping to your breakfasts such as oats, chia pots or smoothie bowls. Coconut Blossom Nectar has also been known to be incorporated into dressings which can be drizzled over your salads, soups or other lunch or dinner dishes. With all these benefits and more its easy to see why Coconut Blossom Nectar is fast becoming the sweetener of choice.
Small quantities is key
As with any type of sugar, one must be careful of using too much. Just because it’s a healthier option than processed sugar, does not mean one should consume Coconut Blossom Nectar in everything. We recommend limiting yourself to 1 – 2 teaspoons a day.