Benefits of Palm Sugar
Sugar extracted from palm trees is known as palm sugar. There are various types of palm trees all which are tapped for their sugar. Palm sugar can also be extracted from date, coconut and palmyra palms. This sugar is extensively used in Asia especially in the southeast region and it has several other names such as gur or jiggery. The following are its benefits:-
1. Natural sweetener
Palm sugar is nutrient rich, has low glycemic crystalline that tastes, looks, melts and dissolves almost the same way sugar does. It has a number of minerals, vitamins and phytonutrients including zinc, potassium and vitamins. It is never bleached or refined. This leaves all its nutrients still intact making it a favored sweetener among many. It has a very rich taste similar to that of caramel or butterscotch and doesn’t have an after taste. It can be used in drinks and cereals.
Palm sugar is incorporated in most Asian cuisines especially when making rice or pudding-type deserts, curries and candies. Palm sugar has a way of being sweet and does not cloy the food. Its flavor is similar to a combination of brown sugar and molasses
3. Health benefits
Palm sugar is a natural low GI sweetener which makes it suitable for people who are weight conscious and those who have diabetes as well. The sugar content found in palm sugar is well balanced. Slowly releasing its energy, it gives the body a sustained and even supply of the same. It has several nutrients and it is also a good source of vitamins B1, B2, B3, B6 and C.
It is no doubt that palm sugar is a very important aspect in today’s life. However, finding the right palm sugar can prove to be quite a task because they come in various shades of brown.