When it comes to losing excess weight and maintaining a healthy body shape one of the key guidelines is eliminating high Glycaemic Index (GI) foods from your dietary intake. The GI rating of a food measures the rate its carbohydrates are broken down by the body and absorbed as glucose into the bloodstream. Foods are rated against the GI standard of 100 given to pure glucose. High GI foods have a quick transition to blood glucose, whereas low GI foods are more slowly digested, meaning sugars are released more gradually into the blood over a longer time. Low GI foods help keep your blood sugar stable and avoid sudden spikes of high or low blood sugar which can be a precursor of metabolic syndrome disorders, cardiovascular disease and diabetes.
The first food you think of with a high GI rating is sugar, right? We all know that refined sugar cane is unhealthy for us and studies are now confirming sugar is a major contributing factor in obesity, cancers and most chronic diseases prevalent in modern society. It gives us nothing nutritionally – that’s right, it has absolutely no nutritional value! White sugar really doesn’t deserve to be called a food. Instead, it is addictive and creates a ‘nutrient debt’ – requiring the body to use up important nutrients to metabolise it and reduce its harmful impact in the body. In naturopathic circles refined white cane sugar is known colloquially as ‘white death’.
BUT it’s so lovely and sweet, it tastes so good, we can’t go through life without a little sweet treat to lift our spirits, right? Cheer up! Organic coconut sugar provides a solution to this dilemma. Here we have a fantastic sweet tasting 100% natural sugar that comes with health benefits! The first step in reducing your sweet tooth cravings is to change to coconut sugar. This will make the transition away from sweet foods much easier to achieve.
One of the most important distinctions between organic coconut sugar and refined cane sugar is their respective Glycaemic Index ratings:
- Cane sugar’s GI is a very high 70-100 (depending on how refined it is)
- Honey’s GI is 60-70
- Coconut sugar is a much lower 35 on the GI scale
Cane sugar and coconut sugar are both effective food sweeteners, but they are metabolised differently by the body. Coconut sugar slowly releases its energy to fuel your body over several hours, without the unhealthy ‘highs’ and ‘lows’ of hypoglycaemia often triggered by refined cane sugar consumption.
Besides its healthy GI rating, natural coconut sugar does contribute some minerals, vitamins and other nutrients to your body while being metabolised. Organic coconut sugar (from coconut palm blossoms) is a wholefood sweetener unlike cane sugar which has nutrients stripped out during complex industrialised refining processes, leaving over 99% sucrose.
Like all good things, coconut sugar will not benefit your health if used excessively. Substituting your usual white cane sugar for organic coconut sugar in baking and dessert recipes means you can still enjoy the sweet things in life as occasional treats, while not constantly craving them. It supports your body both emotionally and physically to achieve a lighter, more balanced you!
By Carolyn Simon
BioBalance Organic Coconut Sugar is a natural, low GI cane sugar alternative with a lovely, rich flavour and a vast number of health benefits.