Follow Up to Oatmeal Question

by Deb Price
(Lancaster, Kentucky)

Visitor Comments:

Thanks for the quick reply. You might want to check out coconut sugar as it is the new sweetheart for the low GI world. It has a GI of 35, abundant source of minerals, 17 amino acids, vitamin C, broad-spectrum vitamins and has a nearly neutral ph. It is raw unproccessed, and clean and it is a dry crystal that looks kind of like brown sugar although it is not quite as sweet.

Lifetime Fat Loss Answers:

This is great to know Deb! Thanks for sharing with us.

Coconut and coconut oil have been known for their nutritional value for thousands of years. I have not seen a coconut sugar product yet but I will look for it. I will do some research on it and add it to our list of low glycemic sweeteners. It sounds like it would be a good substitute for cane sugar for baking purposes. However, for anyone who has type 2 diabetes or insulin resistance it is best to stay away from anything that tastes sweet until you have your blood sugar under control.

Update:

Coconut sugar is indeed low glycemic and very mild in terms of sweetness. It is used a lot in Asian cooking. It's a good substitute for cane sugar in baking and in fact probably a better choice than fructose. It has a more grainy texture so it takes some getting used to.

I have now added one chocolate chip oatmeal cookie recipe that uses coconut sugar. I find that it is a bit crumbly and I think this is due to the texture of the coconut or palm sugar as it is also called. These are not baked so it is easy to adjust liquids and dry ingredients to try to come up with what works in your kitchen. I find that these cookies, crumbly and all, still satisfy a sweet tooth and are very filling as well.

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