The existence of coconut sugar has been synonymous with the term brown sugar. However, in fact, since the last few years on the market there has been a difference between thus sugar (original) or Javanese sugar and brown sugar.
Indeed, the raw material for both sugars is the same, namely nira, whether it is coconut juice or palm sap or kawung. What distinguishes it is that pure this sugar is only made from sap, while brown sugar is the raw material for sap mixed with granulated sugar or refined sugar.
Coconut sugar popular as coconut palm sugar. Instead of adding sugar, there are many people who choose to use this sugar. The claim is that this type of sugar is more nutritious and contains a lower glycemic index than sugar. In fact, this sugar still contains fructose which triggers metabolic syndrome and other health problems if consumed in excess.
One of the things that makes this sugar often considered healthier is that it doesn’t contain fructose. Moreover, excess fructose intake can have various negative effects on health. But despite the popular claim that thus sugar does not contain fructose, keep in mind that about 80% of its content is sucrose.
Compare with ordinary sugar which contains 50% sucrose and 50% fructose. Or corn sugar content which is 55% fructose and 45% glucose. But keep in mind, half of the sucrose content is fructose.
This means that there is still a risk if it is consumed in excess. Starting from the impact of metabolic syndrome, obesity, diabetes, to heart disease. Do not let the claim that coconut sugar does not contain fructose make someone dare to consume it in larger portions than regular refined sugar.
On the other hand, it is also known to contain a lower glycemic index compared to regular sugar. The glycemic index is a measure of how quickly a food raises a person’s blood sugar levels, just moments after consumption. Glucose included a glycemic index of 100. While granulated sugar contains a glycemic index of 60. What about it? Its glycemic index size is 54. However, the processing method, brand, and portion of it consumed also affect the body’s response to sugar with a certain glycemic index.