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Offline WallyslilWifey

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Coconut sugar better than raw honey?
« on: February 01, 2012, 09:43:12 AM »
Hi all,

I've been noticing a lot of Paleo desert recipes calling for coconut sugar...and I'm wondering if this is a better substitute or at least comperable to raw honey or agave necter? Would appreciate any feedback, professional or opinion.

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Re: Coconut sugar better than raw honey?
« Reply #1 on: February 01, 2012, 10:26:57 AM »
If you are counting on it for nutrients it looks better. Of course you aren't cooking paleo cookies for their health benefits. How ever if it tastes sweet and has less glucose and more importantly fructose than other sugars then great, but it wont. (opinion)


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Re: Coconut sugar better than raw honey?
« Reply #2 on: February 01, 2012, 01:22:07 PM »
Just eat the coconuts.

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Re: Coconut sugar better than raw honey?
« Reply #3 on: February 01, 2012, 02:51:03 PM »
Refined sugars from any source are not a good idea. Honey is probably the only one that could be though of as Paleo, and even then it would be a once every few months kind of deal.

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Re: Coconut sugar better than raw honey?
« Reply #4 on: February 01, 2012, 08:58:11 PM »
I don't know whether coconut sugar is better than honey or not but I do know that coconut sugar, more specifically coconut PALM sugar, is not from the actual coconut. It is simply the coconut palm sap (nectar) from the coconut palm flowers, boiled, dried, and pulverized into granules. AFAIK it's not processed other than boiling and drying unlike cane sugar with is heavily refined using a centrifuge process and a chemical process. Coconut palm sugar seems to be similar to maple sugar, which is simply boiled, dried and granulated maple syrup. Seems that it might qualify as paleo, although as with all things sweet, in strict moderation.
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Re: Coconut sugar better than raw honey?
« Reply #5 on: February 01, 2012, 09:57:04 PM »
Hi all,

I've been noticing a lot of Paleo desert recipes calling for coconut sugar...and I'm wondering if this is a better substitute or at least comperable to raw honey or agave necter? Would appreciate any feedback, professional or opinion.

Don't need recipes.
Don't need sugar
Raw wild honey only if you aren't diabetic.


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Re: Coconut sugar better than raw honey?
« Reply #6 on: February 02, 2012, 10:06:32 AM »
Thank you for the feedback I appreciate it. Obviously this is not something to eat regularly, but I was trying to find alternative sweets so as to get my 10 year old to stop eating snickers bars. He only weighs 71 lbs so it's not a weight issue, I'd just like to show him that Mom's paleo diet can be fun for him too.

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Re: Coconut sugar better than raw honey?
« Reply #7 on: February 02, 2012, 06:24:37 PM »
Paleo desert recipes is an oxymoron.  If you decide to make a recipe anyway I don't know which is best but agave syrup is the worst. 

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Re: Coconut sugar better than raw honey?
« Reply #8 on: February 02, 2012, 06:36:18 PM »
Thank you for the feedback I appreciate it. Obviously this is not something to eat regularly, but I was trying to find alternative sweets so as to get my 10 year old to stop eating snickers bars. He only weighs 71 lbs so it's not a weight issue, I'd just like to show him that Mom's paleo diet can be fun for him too.

If there was ever a genuine mitigating reason, that would be it.

There are quite a few good paleo desserts out there.

Just search 'dessert' on http://www.terryballard.org/Paleo.html , see if anything takes your fancy.

Still, at the end of the day the idea is to minimise sugar, and feeding a sweet tooth sweet anything just makes them want more sweets.

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Re: Coconut sugar better than raw honey?
« Reply #9 on: February 04, 2012, 08:15:24 PM »
I personally think if you're going to make a dessert, you might as well use ordinary sugar. It's all bad, so why not use the cheaper alternative? If you make things at home at least you're avoiding the side helping of fake fats and artificial everything. Sugar is only the first problem with a Snickers bar.

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Re: Coconut sugar better than raw honey?
« Reply #10 on: February 04, 2012, 08:18:59 PM »
Fresh fruit makes a good dessert.

There are also studies that indicate that honey is not nearly as bad as sugar.

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Re: Coconut sugar better than raw honey?
« Reply #11 on: February 05, 2012, 07:48:13 AM »
Yea, ive found cooked fruits to be as sweet as i need anything anymore. Bananas sliced and fried in bacon fat. or apples cored, replace the core with butter/cinnamon mix and bake. Or just plain old berries. I would probably side with jean though, if you are using a sugar substitute may as well use sugar. In the end its glucose and fructose.