Enlighten your sweet tooth with this delicious alternative to ordinary sweeteners! Great taste, low- glycemic, sustainably-harvested, and beyond-Fair-Trade... what's not to love?
Our Organic Coconut Nectar is low-glycemic (Glycemic Index 35), so it won’t cause the energy crash that sugar or honey do. Mild and smooth, it’s perfect for your morning cup of tea or as a recipe substitute for ordinary sweeteners like honey, agave, and maple syrup.
Coconut nectar is made from the fragrant, sweet sap of coconut palm blossoms. This vitamin & mineral-rich nectar is traditionally hand-harvested in wildlife-friendly coconut groves and carefully processed by small-holder farmers who take pride in bringing you this gift from the tropical tree of life! 100% of the money from growing, harvesting and primary processing of this ingredient enriches the local community, creating a legacy of sustainable island entrepreneurs!
Use in place of cane sugar, honey, or agave to sweeten tea, coffee, cereal, baked goods, and desserts.
Coconut Nectar Benefits
• Whole food, unrefined sweetener
• Great-tasting low-glycemic sweetener in easy- to-use liquid form
• Exquisite floral taste.
• Works in any recipe just like maple syrup, honey, or agave
• Sustainably-harvested: preserves jungle habitat and wildlife
• Beyond-Fair-Trade: increases skills, profits, independence, and education in rural farm communities
• Low Glycemic Index of 35 (Most commercial Honeys are GI 55 and Cane Sugars are GI 68)
• Mineral rich (unlike sugar or agave). High in Potassium, Magnesium, Zinc, Iron, and more.
• Source of vitamins B1, B2, B3, B6 and C. • Unprocessed, unfiltered, and unbleached • Zero Additives and Preservatives
What makes Essential Living Foods Coconut Nectar Different?
Purchasing this product is a vote for a better world.
Coconut sugar is more than just a healthy product—compared to soil-depleting, water-intensive crops like sugar cane, it’s one of the most sustainable sweeteners in the world. Tropical palms are an ecologically beneficial tree-crop that grow in diverse, wild-life supportive agro-ecosystems, restore damaged soils and require very little water. Unlike destructive palm oil plantations, coconut palms integrate harmoniously with surrounding ecosystems to provide uninterruptedhabitat for wildlife. They also produce an average of 50-75% more sugar per acre than sugar cane. While cane sugar is an annual crop, coconut sugar has daily harvesting, every day of the year.
Coconut palms are a tremendous benefit to the small farmers who cultivate them. Known as the “Tree of Life,” the coconut palm provides over 100 different sustainable and profitable products for our small farming partners: timber for building, the leaves used as roofing, coconuts as food, coconut water as beverage, coconut husk for fuel and coconut nectar as a sugar. This one tree has the single highest potential for lifting these farmers into a better life while creating a net benefit to their surrounding environment.
By training small farmers to Organically process coconut sap themselves, we increase their profit- margins, enriching them and their communities. Coconut sugar has raised our small farming partners well above the poverty line—dramatically increasing family incomes! We also partner with regional NGO’s to educate local communities about cooperative management and global markets, which helps keep supply chains fair and transparent.
Small-holder farmers climb up the coconut palms that grow on their land. Some trees are as high as 150 feet! In the gently swaying palm canopy grows a flower (really an "inflorescence" made of hundreds of tiny flowers that could grow into coconut). The farmer ties these inflorescences into bunches and gently slices the tip of the flower spike to create a wound that leaks pure nectar. The farmer attaches a container to capture nectar for the next 6-8 hours, which yields about half a liter per tree! Then the nectar is collected and carefully boiled to prevent fermentation of this nutritious jungle nectar before bottling.
Conventional Sugar vs. Coconut Nectar
Like a "whole food," coconut nectar is a "whole sweetener." coconut nectar is merely the dehydrated sap of the coconut palm flower, unrefined and naturally high in ancillary nutrients. Since coconut nectar is low glycemic, the body absorbs its sugars slowly and has time to burn them off, preventing the "blood sugar spikes" we associate with sweet foods.
What makes coconut nectar low-glycemic? It's the nutritional co-factors, which slow down the process of absorbing the sugars.
Refined cane sugar is like a drug: a chemically pure crystal of 100% sucrose comprised of short chain saccharides (which digest quickly, causing blood sugar spikes). This is why refined cane sugar rates a high 65 on the glycemic index. Lowering our intake of high-glycemic foods such as cane sugar has benefits for weight control and improving glucose and lipid levels in people with diabetes.
Coconut nectar, on the other hand, is 75% sucrose, comprised of long-chain saccharides, which the body must break down, so they are absorbed much slower. (coconut nectar also has additional small percentages of fructose and glucose.) Coconut nectar also has significant levels of minerals (especially Potassium, Magnesium, Zinc and Iron), vitamins (particularly B1, B2, B3, B6 and C), and over 14 important amino acids. These other materials, and especially the amino acids, are thought to act as a buffer to the sucrose, slowing the speed at which the sugars are absorbed into the blood stream.