M wrote: Is coconut sugar allowed on the diet?? How is it different from normal sugar? And wouldn’t it feed candida?
Hello, M, glad you asked about coconut sugar again even though I gave it a mild answer yesterday. But at that time I knew little about coconut palm sugar other than it was made from coconut trees. By the way, it’s actually made from the sap of the tree instead of the coconuts themselves.
To show the amount of sugar it contains we can look at some comparisons; regular white sugar or sucrose has a GI of 64, whereas raw honey’s GI is 30.
The GI of coconut sugar is 35, actually a bit higher than honey.
So I would think you’d be better off eating raw honey before coconut sugar and honey certainly isn’t on the strict diet list as most of you know. So this tells me that I wouldn’t want to test coconut sugar until phase two of the stricter diet.
By the way, the GI of Stevia is less than 1.
But I also have a big problem with coconut sugar for anothe reason, and it has nothing to do with what goes into our body, but rather the way it’s made. As I mentioned, coconut sugar is made from the sap of the coconut tree. When the sap is collected from the trees it’s taken from the flower buds that later will form a coconut, so when the sap is removed, the tree becomes “sterile” in that it can no longer produce coconuts. If we read about how popular coconut sugar has become in the health-oriented minds of the world’s population and think about how many coconut trees no longer produce coconuts, well this may be something to be concerned about eventually. Consider that if there are fewer coconuts, there will be fewer coconut products produced such as coconut flour, coconut oil, and dried coconut. History tells us that, when a item is less abundant, the price goes up.