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Old 02-15-2014, 06:35 PM   #1
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I've discovered coconut sugar

i have recently switched over to this from refined sugar. tastes almost as sweet and healthier for you

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Old 02-15-2014, 06:39 PM   #2
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Hey gabagoo, I'd be interested in seeing your research on why coconut sugar is better for you. When I was reading up on it a while ago, the conclusion seemed to be that it was "slightly less bad" for you than refined sugar. If you have any links I'd love to see them.
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Old 02-15-2014, 06:53 PM   #3
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I researched via internet (for what it's worth) Research showed that this type of sugar breaks down slower in your system reducing the spiking that refined sugar causes.
Who knows for sure but I am willing to try anything.

Dr. Oz recommends coconut sugar | MNN - Mother Nature Network
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Old 02-15-2014, 06:56 PM   #4
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Thanks gabagoo, I am looking for more scientific data. Dr Oz is a lovely man, but I'm a bit of a skeptic when it comes to food fads. If you find anything interesting let us know, I'll be watching for any new info.
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Old 02-17-2014, 12:10 PM   #5
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Hows the cost comparison? This would help me decide which one to use.
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Old 02-17-2014, 12:39 PM   #6
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I don't believe anything if it comes only from Dr. Oz, sorry.
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Old 02-17-2014, 01:53 PM   #7
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Here's a good source of information: http://extension.oregonstate.edu/fch...nnutritive.pdf

To find reliable sources, I put a search term into Google like this:

site:*.edu "coconut sugar" vs other sweeteners

The first part limits the search results to higher education sites, which have research-based information. The quote marks around "coconut sugar" ensure that that particular string, and not just the words coconut and sugar, appear in the search results.
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Old 02-17-2014, 07:59 PM   #8
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I don't believe anything if it comes only from Dr. Oz, sorry.
I feel the same way. Once in a while Oz strays away from marketing and into science but not often enough.
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Old 02-17-2014, 08:25 PM   #9
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I have used coconut sugar a few times and honestly don't see much difference in sweetness, nutrition, or anything for that matter. It doesn't dissolve quite like regular sugar or natural cane sugar.
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Dig into how white sugar is made and the chemicals used to make it uniformly colored and sized (sulfur dioxide, phosphoric acid + calcium hydroxide {which precipitate into calcium phosphate}). Then read up on the process for getting coconut palm sugar onto the grocery store shelves. That comparison alone should make you a convert. Or at least make you rethink the unsulphured molasses.
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