There are many people who really like sweetness. Unfortunately, the sweetness that we often feel the majority comes from sugar cane made through the refined process. Process of refining itself is believed to be something that counts now. In making sugar cane, it undergoes a process of distillation and also the addition of chemicals substances to make sugar white not a coconut sugar. Although the sweetness is addictive. In fact, sugar cane is only a blank sweetener. That it does not contain vitamins and minerals. The glycemic index of sugar cane is also high in the number 60. This figure is believed to be evidence that cane sugar can increase blood sugar levels.
Because the things above are a bad risk for diabetics and people who are healthy if you consume too much. Many people are starting to look for alternative sweeteners. One of them is coconut sugar is actually quite old around us. Traditional food only still limit. In the community, many people call it brown sugar because it looks reddish brownish.
Coconut sugar is made from nira taken from the flower of the coconut tree. The flower buds are cut slightly and they will give out sap. This sap is accommodated on containers suspended in the tree. This sap is called Nira. Indeed to make coconut sugar must go through a fairly long process. Starting from getting Nira until later cooking process. After the nira is collected, then it is the cooking process that takes a while. This cooking process aims to reduce water content so that we will get granular sugar or solid brown color.
Variants of coconut sugar
The flavor in original coconut sugar is only sweet and there is a caramelization sensation due to the cooking process. But with the development of technology has been a lot of innovation so that coconut sugar has a higher selling value. Some coconut sugar producers try to add a variety of spices. The combination of unique sweetness with the aroma of spices turns it into more demand by the community. Not only because of the taste, that added various spices also has many benefits. So what are the variants of coconut sugar flavor that can be enjoyed? See below!
Cinnamon Palm sugar
Added cinnamon turned out to have a delicious flavor and aroma. Cinnamon has a strong smell. Cinnamon is widely used to give flavor to cakes or bread. For those cinnamon enthusiasts then this is the right choice. Usually, coconut sugar that has a variant of this cinnamon-shaped flavor is easy to be mixed with the powdered cinnamon.
Besides the unique flavor turns the addition of cinnamon into coconut sugar instead of random. Cinnamon is chosen because it has many benefits, especially for health. The benefits of cinnamon for health are:
- Overcoming diabetes by lowering blood sugar levels by lowering the amount of glucose or sugar that enters the blood after eating by slowing down the process of digestible carbohydrates.
- Reduce the risk of heart disease
- Contains anti-inflammatory
- Protect nerves and brain cells
- Fight bacterial and fungal infections
- Help to lose weight
Next, there are variants of coconut sugar with ginger. Adding ginger is a brilliant thing. This combination is popular and much in demand by the public. Ginger is already known to have a slightly spicy and strong taste. A hot drink with ginger flavor is very popular to warm the body. Therefore with ginger is the right choice when it’s cold.
Thes spicy ginger flavor combined with the caramel taste becomes more delicious because we know that is safer for diabetics. The benefits of ginger itself are also quite a lot, including:
- Relieve nausea
- Improve digestion and increase food absorption
- Relieves bloating after eating too much.
- Relieves respiratory problems
- Improve blood circulation
- Relieve stress
The addition of turmeric on coconut sugar also makes added value for its producers. Turmeric itself is well-known to contain anti-oxidants. Anti-inflammatory and anti bacterial. Turmeric provides a lot of content that is beneficial to the body. As there is the content of curcumin, Sesmetoksikumin, bisdesmetoksicurcumin, Resim, starch, carbohydrates, proteins, cellulose, fats, vitamin C, antioxidants, bitter substances, iron, phosphorus, calcium, to essential oils.
With so many good contents in turmeric then there are also benefits given such as:
- Improve body endurance
- Treating inflammation
- Reduce nausea
- Reduces menstrual pain
- Resist bad bacteria
- Treating Maag
Temulawak also become a new breakthrough in adding the selling value in the market. Since long ago Temulawak also known to have many health benefits. It tastes also not much like turmeric. Coconut sugar coupled with fresh Temulawak sari can be an alternative to consume coconut sugar if bored with the original flavor.
The benefits that can be obtained from Temulawak are:
- Increase stamina and endurance
- Smooth blood flow and increase appetite
- Prevents and lowers deep heat, uric acid, cholesterol, constipation and relieve wounds
- Improve liver function
The amount of flavor added to coconut sugar makes us have many choices to consume coconut sugar. It is very good for us who are doing a diet with the consumption of this. In order not to get bored with the original flavor we can turn to this flavorful coconut sugar. Besides that we can also get many benefits for our health.