Palm sugar is a nutrient-rich, low-glycemic crystalline sweetener that looks, tastes, dissolves and melts almost exactly like sugar, but it's completely natural and unrefined. Palm sugar is richest natural sweetener. It is help to growth of strong bones and teeth in growing children. Palm sugar enhances taste of any dish.
Health Benefits of Palm Sugar
Palm Sugar is very rich in essential vitamins, minerals, and amino acids. It has 24 natural nutrients. It is one of the rare plant sources of Vitamin B12. Vitamin B12 deficiency is generally found in pure vegans, as B12 is found mostly in non-vegetarians sources. Palm Sugar contains 20 mcg of Vitamin B12 per 100 gms. Approximately 1 pound of Palmyra Palm Sugar consumption every month takes care of the daily B12 requirement of an adult. Only traces of B12 is found in Coconut Palm Sugar.
The GI (Glycemic Index) of Palm sugar is less than 41 only. Food with GI less than 55 is categorized as Low GI. Palm Sugar is not Sugar free or low calorie sweetener, it is a Low GI Sweetener.
Palm sugar has lots of therapeutic value. It is an essential part of many Ayurvedic medicines. Palm Sugar is good for problems relating to breathe, like asthma, cold, cough, Anemia, Leprosy, typhoid, and high Blood Pressure. It supports growth of young children, decreases pancreas heat, strengthens heart, bone and teeth; help prevent diabetes, arthritis and respiratory ailments.
Palm Sugar is alkaline and not acidic. Alkaline foods are healthier than acidic food. Unlike white sugar this does not make the children hyperactive nor does it lead to hypoglycemia.
Palm sugar enhances taste of any dish. It tastes great with milk, milk shakes, soy milk, coconut milk, Cold Coffee, Iced teas, Herbal tea, Ice creams, Sweets, Puddings and all kinds of bakery and confectionary items like Cookies, Cakes and Muffins. Mixing it in very hot tea, milk or cofee can result in the milk turning bad. It is best used with cold or luke warm drinks. It contains approximately 86% sweetness as compared to white sugar. Many South East Asian recipes call for Palm sugar. Its distinctive flavor and aroma makes it fit for usage in sauces and curries also.
Palm Sugar is in powder form which is easily storable (does not need refrigeration), usable, measurable and instantly dissolvable unlike other forms of Palm Sugar which comes in the form of lumps, hard cake in tins or jars. Since the moisture content in Palm Sugar is around 1.5% it is storable for longer period of time when stored in airtight containers.
No after taste is found in Palm Sugar, as it is found in Stevia.
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