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3/23/12 2:35 P

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Serious thought on coconut sugar:
The manufacturing of coconut sugar means the death of the coconut palm for making coconut oil. Do we REALLY want to substitute a unhealthy thing for a very healthy thing?? A lot of good coconut oil producing trees are being sacrificed to feed our unhealthy sugar habit. Back off sugar, use honey, maple syrup, stevia or even xylitol if you just gotta have a fix. Any refined sugar product has got to be a long way from Primal.

Please know that I too like sweetness and indulge in a little every day. Honey is my first choice. And I sometimes put a little stevia (liquid or powder) in my tea. I am aware of my unhealthy sweetness habit and I am working to back off little by little.

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3/23/12 10:38 A

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IREMEBERME ~

I hope you will post some followup on how you like it. Or others who have used it as well.

One of my favorite things used to be "candied" beets, which I made with butter, pie spice, and brown sugar. Naturally, the sugar is out now, and stevia or Splenda™ just don't give it that deeper molasses "punch" of brown sugar. I'm curious now to consider coconut sugar as an alternative.

Hope you can shed some light!

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CINDYTW Posts: 5,783
1/16/12 9:20 P

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This is not as bad as sugar I don't think it is a lot less sweet. If used sparingly I haven't had an issue.

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IREMEMBERME's Photo IREMEMBERME SparkPoints: (9,847)
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1/16/12 11:00 A

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My order arrived. I like it! My thinking is that if it is "on par" with honey.. Right now, this is a more affordable option (I got a really good deal). My family is starting to whine about there not being any baked goods, and I have a hard time resisting that stuff if it is around. Think I may make something that uses nut flours and a little of this coconut sugar in replace of whatever sweetener is called for... again, it won't be much! That way if I indulge, I won't feel bad or set my carb cravings back in motion! I haven't had any grains or sugar in two weeks and don't miss it... but once I start... look out!! Next thing you know, I'll be back to chugging Cokes!?!?

I guess the thing for me to keep in mind, though, is the effect of sweeteners (other than Stevia) on the blood sugar. I need to read up, but my guess is that this WILL have an effect, so I will need to use caution. The upside is that there is a least some nutrition in these calories as compared to white sugar. I guess it can be considered as a more sensible indulgence.

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1/16/12 10:26 A

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Thanks, @IREMEMBERME -- Stevia consistently gives me a headache, and I'm trying to knock out any sugars except fruit and (minimal) dark chocolate, but maybe coconut sugar would be an option for those things that just need sweetening....

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1/11/12 8:33 P

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Please share what you find out: I am definitely curious about it!

"Success isn't a result of spontaneous combustion. You must set yourself on fire."
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1/11/12 10:10 A

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I have the same concerns with regard to the claims. I have a blood glucose test kit, so I plan to just test it out and see what it does to my numbers. It's the only way I'll know for sure.

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CINDYTW Posts: 5,783
1/10/12 10:17 P

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I do use it, sparingly and not that often. It is good it reminds me of brown sugar. I used it to make BBQ sauce.

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1/10/12 7:44 P

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I was considering it, but after looking around online, it does seem to be one of those "too good to be true" nutritional scenarios. But then, I am in the process of cutting out all sweeteners except stevia! I'd put it up there with maple syrup and honey.

"Success isn't a result of spontaneous combustion. You must set yourself on fire."
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1/10/12 6:44 P

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Thanks for the information and links, IREMEMBERME
Just in case you didn't know, whenever you want to share a link with us you can use the nifty "add a link" button on the reply message page. It makes it so we can just click on it from the thread. Handy eh?

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1/10/12 5:04 P

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I don't know anything about it. I usually try to avoid all sweeteners when I can. Let us know how it works for you.

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1/10/12 3:21 P

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Just wanted to pass on what appears to be a good buy on coconut sugar. I have never used it, but went to MDA to see what he had to say about it and it sounds like a good choice if you need a sweetener (comparable to honey). Best not to use any sweeteners, but sometimes you need a little bit. Here is a link to the MDA article on sweeteners.: http://www.marksdailyapple.com/the-definit
ive-guide-to-sugar/#axzz1j5Uv8TlN

Here is the sale I found on Coconut Sugar: "Amazon has Madhava Organic Coconut Sugar 6-16 oz resealable bags for $13.17 shipped. Click through the link below to have a 15% off coupon automatically added to your cart. Then, choose Subscribe and Save to receive an additional 15% off and free shipping. After all the discounts, each 16 oz bag will only be $2.20 each!" (link to click: http://www.amazon.com/gp/coupon/madhava-co
conut-sugar/A3S4I9P2CTK6TA/?ie=UTF8&so
urce=sv_16310101_3&tag=thethrmam-20&li
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