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        Coconut Sugar is a real sweetener in that it is not a processed sugar nor is it artificial in any way. It is best described as a natural sweetener and is a crystallized sap. Coconut sugar is acceptable for everyone including diabetics because it has a low glycemic index.. Everyone should research what glycemic index is and how it affects your health. By monitoring your glycemic index consumption you can avoid diabetes if you don't have it already, thereby avoiding the highs and lows of carbohydrate consumption, the feeling of drowsiness after eating.

            Coconut Sugar also helps to decrease LDL cholesterol for those of us who are watching our cholesterol intake. Additionally it is one of the few if not only sugar that has vitamins, minerals and other nutrients, naturally, albeit not substantial but high quality.

            Dr. Trinidad P. Trinidad, Scientist II of the Food, Nutrition and Research Institute-Department of Science and Technology, said Glycemic Index or GI is the glucose response to an individual from food relative to a standard glucose solution. Low GI food is good for proper control and management of diabetes mellitus and has been shown to lower total and LDL cholesterol. It is also good for weight maintenance therefore prevents overweight and obesity (Garin, 2007). The Philippine Star (Sunday, February 25, 2007)



SGS Laboratory Test Report No. 84595 dated 01 July 2004 at Manila, Philippines; The Philippine Coconut Authority at Elliptical Road, Diliman, Quezon City submitted Coconut Sugar samples to SGS Manila on 22 June 2004 under Laboratory No. 062204-07551. SGS Manila reported to PCA, Diliman, Quezon City on 01 July 2004. The following results are:

Total Energy Contentª, cal/100g . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 369.4

Total Carbohydrateª, g/100g . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 92.3

Crude Proteinª, % . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 1.3

VITAMINS AND MINERALS

Vitamin Cª, mg ascorbic acid/100g . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 23.4

Thiamineª . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 0.41

Macronutrients, mg/100g

Potassium¹ . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 1,300.0

Phosphorus¹ . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 79.0

Magnesium¹ . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 29.0

Sulfur¹ . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 26.0

Calcium¹ . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 6.0

Micronutirents, mg/100g

Zinc¹ . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 2.0

Iron¹ . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 2.0

Boron¹ . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 0.63

Copper¹ . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 0.23

Manganese¹ . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 0.13

ª Analyzed by SGS, Philippines (01 July 2004)

¹ Analyzed by PTAL-PCA (09 November 2006)

 

Philippine Coconut Authority (PCA) confirms that the Composition & Nutritional Value of Coconut Sap according to various Scientists:

Table 1. Average chemical composition and nutritional value

of coconut sap (Naka, 1996)

Parameter

Value(per 100g or ml)

pH

5.75

Total sugar % (mainly sucrose)

18.09 g

Water

87.5 ml

Calories

48.0 joule

Carbohydrate

11.4 g

Protein

0.22 g

Fat

0.40 g

Calcium (Ca)

0.40 mg

Phosphorus (P)

20.0 mg

Iron (Fe)

0.18 mg

Thiamine

0.016 mg

Riboflavin

0.006 mg

Niacin

0.48 mg

Ascorbic Acid

20.6 mg

(Kosaki, 1974 & Magat, 1996)

Amino Acid

Value (g/100g)

Trytophan

1.27

Lysine

0.32

Histidine

1.19

Arginine

0.35

Aspartic Acid

11.22

Threonine

15.36

Serine

8.24

Glutamic Acid

34.20

Proline

3.52

Glycine

0.47

Alanine

2.56

Valine

2.11

Isoleucine

0.38

Leucine

0.48

Tyrosine

0.31

Phenyalanine

0.78

Glutamic Acid-amino acid used by the body to build protein. It is the most common stimulating neurotransmitter in the nervous system. It also plays a role in the normal function of the prostate. (http://www.vitacost.com/science/hn/supply/glutamic_acid.htm)

 

Table 3.Elemental content (ppm or mg/li) of three sources

of edible sugar analyzed by PCA-PTAL on 11 September 2000.

(Secretaria et. al., 2003)

Element/Nutrient

Coconut

Brown

Refined

(ppm or mg/li)

Sugar

Cane

White

Sugar

Sugar

Nitrogen (N)

2,020

100

0

Phosphorus (P)

790

30

0.7

Potassium (K)

10,300

650

25

Calcium (Ca)

60

240

60

Magnesium (Mg)

290

70

10

Sodium (Na)

450

20

10

Chloride (Cl)

4,700

180

100

Sulfur (S)

260

130

20

Boron (B)

6.3

0

0

Zinc (Z)

21.2

2

1.2

Manganese (Mn)

1.3

2

0

Iron (Fe)

21.9

12.6

1.2

Copper (Cu)

2.3

0.6

0.6

 

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