There are particular palm trees that grow in Asia, India, Indonesia, Malaysia, Thailand, Vietnam, and other tropical places that produce palm trees that flower. And those flowers stems are opened allowing the sap to flow… similar to tapping maple syrup trees.
Then the sap is boiled down and made into Palm Sugar…. which has many advantages over our refined cane sugar… with a taste like brown sugar with a little more carmel flavor. In India they call Palm Sugar “Jaggery”, and it’s sold in small mounds of dark brown looking sugar.
Palm Sugar comes from many different palm trees including sago trees, palmyra palm, ceylon sugar palm, aren palm, wild date palm, nypa palm, and even coconut trees. Most of Palm Sugar comes from other types of palm trees… even though they market much of much of it as coconut sugar.
Palm Sugar has a very low glycemic index (under 30 compare to over 67 with regular cane sugar). That means Palm Sugar is converted into glucose very slowly by the liver… making it great for anyone suffering from high glucose.
Palm Sugar contains lots of nutrients such as iron for anemia, magnesium for detoxing and heart health, Vitamin C for boosting your immune system and for preventing colds and flues, B – Vitamins for boosting your immune system and for vitality, Arginine which is important for blood sugar regulation, good wound healing and fat metabolism, potassium for boosting cardiovascular health and water regulation, phosphorus for strong bones, zinc for preventing infections, and choline for cardiovascular health and cancer prevention.
Palm Sugar contains12 amino acids, glucose, and a small amount of fructose, and Palm Sugar is not refined… it’s sugar in it’s basic raw natural form.
Also this palm tree can be made into other products such as vinegar, alcohol, rope, wood flooring, barrels, and more. And the roots of the palm have been boiled to treat toothaches, kidney stones, and even keeping away insects. Palm Sugar tree roots go very deep into the ground… preventing erosion, and these trees are a renewable… thus they are good for the environment and provide income for developing countries.
Some say Palm Sugar is great for asthma, anemia, and for promoting growth in children, and for treating fevers. In India Palm Sugar is said to reduce pita or heat within the body, lowering heat in the pancreas, build strong bones and teeth, and creating good cardiovascular health.
Palm Sugar works well in baking and cooking, and most people can’t taste any difference between brown sugar and Palm Sugar.
You can bake cookies, cakes, just about anything sweet using Palm Sugar… and gain lots of health benefits too! Palm Sugar is not cheap… but has many health benefits that might be important.
You can find Palm Sugar or Coconut Sugar as it’s sometimes called at your local health food store… or you can order it on-line.
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