Coconut Palm Sugar Part II

Here is some more  information on sweeteners and Coconut Palm Sugar. If you have my cookbook, No Wheat No Dairy No Problem, you can substitute the ( maple sugar, date sugar, Succanat or any other sugar) with coconut palm sugar with the same amount/measurement. It has a little bit of a caramel flavor. If you do not wish to use Agave, which the jury is still out, go ahead and substitute it with either Coconut Palm Sugar(comes in crystals and liquid) or 100% Pure Real Maple Syrup or raw honey.
Raw honey generally scores around 30-40 on the glycemic index (making it moderate) whilst most commercial honeys seem to score between 55 and 80 on the index which is high. If the honey has been adulterated with refined glucose then it may be even higher.
Just keep the flavor you wish to achieve in mind. Maple syrup will give a stronger flavor and recipes that contain chocolate or ginger will tolerate the strong flavor, but it will change more delicate recipes like Vanilla Pudding into something that resembles Butterscotch Pudding. The crystal form of the Coconut Palm Sugar is ideal for things like Crisp Topping in Fruit Crisp recipes(see Free Summer Recipes on this site for mine).
There is no deforestation associated with Coconut Palm Sugar like with Palm Oil. The trees are not cut down and there is no harm being done as a result of Coconut Palm Tree farms. The farmers climb up ladders to collect the  sap from the white blossoms which is harvested by hand and the trees remain to produce more blossoms! The sap is then caramelized and either dried to crystallize or remains liquid to be bottled.
I think you will find the information below interesting. I hope that this will inspire you to switch out your sugar for Coconut Palm Sugar, which is low glycemic index like Agave Nectar.  Maple Syrup is not low glycemic, so use it in moderation or just be aware and remember moderation and balance in eating, cooking and thriving is key.
Nutritional Information

Macro-Micro Nutritional Information

The Philippine Food and Nutrition Research Institute released the following information about their analysis of nutritive values found in coconut palm sugar.  The original comparison only contained Coconut Nectar, Brown Sugar and Refined White Sugar.  To provide a broader comparative analysis, we included Light Agave Syrup, Honey and Maple Syrup.  We realize that all of these sweeteners, including Coconut Palm Nectar, are agricultural products which means this data can change from product to product, batch to batch, season to season, region to region.  This information is based on averages that we obtained from publicly available databases, primarily found on the internet.  Our posted analysis is a genuine effort to provide consumers with an authentic comparison, yet we urge all consumers to conduct their own research in order to feel confident about anything going into their bodies.

Macro-nutrients (mg / 100gm) Coconut Palm Sugar Agave Syrup Honey Maple Syrup Brown Sugar Refined, White Sugar
Nitrogen (N) 202 NA NA NA 10 0
Phosphorus (P) 79 7 4 2 3 0
Potassium  (K) 1,030 1 52 234 65 2.5
Calcium (Ca) 8 1.5 6 67 24 6
Magnesium (Mg) 29 1 2 14 7 1
Sodium (Na) 45 1 4 9 2 1
Chloride (Cl) 470 NA NA NA 16 10
Sulfur (S) 26 NA NA NA 13 2
Boron (B) 0.6 NA NA NA 0
Zinc (Zn) 2 0.2 0.2 4.2 .2 0.1
Manganese (Mn) 0.1 0.1 0.1 3.3 .2 0
Iron (Fe) 2 1 0.4 1.2 1.26 0.1
Copper (Cu) 0.23 0.1 0 0.1 0 0
Thiamine 0.41 0 0 0 0 0
Vitamin C 23.4 0.5 0.5 0 0 0

Sources:  COMPARISON OF THE ELEMENTAL CONTENT OF 3 SOURCES OF EDIBLE SUGAR –  Analyzed by PCA-TAL, Sept. 11, 2000.  (MI Secretaria et al, 2003) in parts per million (ppm or mg/li).

Health Attributes of Palm Sugar Nutrients:

Macro-nutrients Health benefits provided by these nutrients
Nitrogen (N) help treat cardiovascular diseases
Phosphorus (P) important for bone growth, kidney functions and and cell growth
Potassium  (K) reduces hypertension, helps regulate blood sugar, helps control cholesterol levels and weight
Calcium (Ca) vital for strong bone and teeth, and for muscle growth
Magnesium (Mg) essential for metabolism, nerves and stimulates the brain (memory)
Sodium (Na) plays a key role in the functioning of nerves and muscles
Chloride (Cl) corrects the pressure of body fluids and balance the nervous system
Sulfur (S) important for healthy hair, skin and nails, also helps maintain oxygen balance for proper brain function.
Boron (B) essential for healthy bone and joint function, enhances body’s ability to absorb calcium and magnesium
Zinc (Zn) called the “nutrient of intelligence” is necessary for mental development
Manganese (Mn) has antioxidant, free-radical-fighting properties, is important for proper food digestion and for normal bone structure
Iron (Fe) vital for the quality of blood, mental development and the immune system
Copper (Cu) helps to release energy, helps in melanin production in the skin, helps in the production of red blood cells and aid in the absorption and transport of iron.