The "Superfood" That Lied to You

May 16, 2018 13:19:00PM

Coconut sugar. The “superfood sugar” that lied to you. Coconut sugar makes us think of sun-kissed skin, salty Hawaiian breezes, and pina coladas; when, (in reality) it’s nothing more than a twin sister to sugar.

Coconut sugar is very different than raw coconut.


Health Food? The facts point to no:

1. Coconut sugar is secreted from the sap of the cut flowers of the coconut palm and then boiled and dehydrated. It doesn’t come from the coconut fruit (the healthy and beneficial part). Hence, we should call it by its proper name: Coconut Palm Sugar.

2. Coconut sugar has the same number of calories and carbohydrates as regular sugar with some traces of vitamins and minerals. However, the nutrients are in such small amounts, it’d be better to get these nutrients from real food without the adverse side effects.

3. Some coconut sugar brands, mix coconut sugar with white sugar in their packages- look at the labels! 

4. Some claim that coconut sugar has “less fructose” than white sugar but coconut sugar is 70-80% sucrose and 3-9% glucose. Sucrose is comprised of half fructose, making coconut sugar 38-48% fructose, which is very similar to the makeup of white sugar. The body converts coconut sugar into glucose the same as any other sugar.

5. Eating too much coconut sugar taxes your liver, increases risk of disease, decreases brain function, causes toxic accumulation, and metabolizes to fat.


Marketing Lie

There are many health benefits of coconuts and many coconut products, so it is easy to brand coconut sugar as another healthy coconut product. Again, coconut sugar does NOT come from the healthy coconut fruit, but the coconut palm.

There are better ways to avoid the harmful effects of sugar and coconut palm sugar!


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Your products all contain erythritol, which causes many people with sensitive stomachs issues with severe bloating and cramping. What alternatives do you have ? Are there any recommendations on tolerance to products with this ingredient?


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When substituting Lakanto golden for coconut sugar in a recipe, would I use the same amount? Also, in recipes calling for brown sugar what is the ratio to substitute? Thank you.


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Pamela Hatfield

That’s why I only use lakanto! I only use monkfruit to sub any recipe that calls for sugar, or coconut sugar for that matter. I’ve turned my yoga teacher & friends on to it as well. My favorite part is no weird after taste. Thanks for such a great product!


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