9. Coconut sugar
Coconut sugar is a sweet substance derived from the sap of the coconut tree flowers. It has a taste similar to cane sugar, with hints of caramel and vanilla. In hot or cold preparations it is a good alternative to sugar with a sweetening power twice as high.
In addition to its very low glycemic index (22), its caloric intake is similar to that of white sugar, coconut sugar is also rich in trace elements, vitamins, minerals (magnesium, iron, zinc, potassium, phosphorus …) and fiber. It has a more advantageous impact on blood sugar levels, thus avoiding the glycemic peaks caused by white sugar.
Like traditional sugar, coconut sugar should be consumed in moderation especially by people with type 2 diabetes. Despite its low glycemic index, it increases the level of glucose in the blood and increases the risk of diabetes, obesity and heart disease.