As a Raw/Vegan company who highly values integrity we always thoroughly research the products and companies/manufacturers who we are supplied from. This allows us to feel confident that we are offering the best of the best to our valued customers. It also means that we are highly educated on the products and how they become what they are. In the raw world a lot of emphasis is put on sweeteners, which ones are good which ones are bad etc. We research extensively on this topic because we have so many people asking what we use and what we would recommend when it comes to sweetening up a raw recipe here and there etc. That leads us to one of the more popular sweeteners we and many of you enjoy, Coconut sap. In the form of crystals, coconut nectar, aminos etc. Although many people assume these products come from the actual coconuts, Coconut sugar is actually made by collecting the “sap” from the coconut blossoms. Who knew?!! There are certain species of coconut trees that can be “tapped” (similar to our ever famous maple trees that produce maple syrup). Bamboo containers are used to collect the sap from the blossoms. The process in no way harms the production or growth of the coconuts and the tree continues to thrive. Tapping a coconut tree for its sap is a centuries old tradition that does not harm the tree in any way. There is no sign that any of these coconut tree products are diminishing and many people enjoy the vast benefits that come along with their consumption. This naturally sweet sap is very low glycemic (GI of 35) and we have found a great company who’s products are verified raw and enzymatically alive. Also abundant in 17 amnio acids, vitamin C, broad spectrum B vitamins and has a nearly neutral PH. Coconut Secrets then minimally evaporates the sap at low temperatures to avoid excess moisture, never exceeding an average summer day in the tropics. Basically the end result becomes this fabulous syrup-like product known as coconut “toddy”, which is then further evaporated into crystal form to produce the coconut sugar that we use and love. Trusting in a company is very important, after all if we are doing our very best to maintain our health we can only hope that the companies whose products we are consuming are equally on board and providing exactly what they say they are, nothing more and nothing less. We feel confident and secure with the process used with these coconut products, they are a part of many peoples diets and we hope you too will feel comfortable with the information we have provided and enjoy some yourself!!
What are your favourite sweeteners? Do you use coconut sweeteners often?