What is a glycemic index (GI) and how does a low GI benefit diabetics?

The glycemic index or GI is a measure of the effects of carbohydrates on blood sugar levels. Carbohydrates that break down quickly during digestion and release glucose rapidly into the bloodstream have a high GI; carbohydrates that break down more slowly, releasing glucose more gradually into the bloodstream, have a low GI.

For diabetics whose body either do not produce any or enough insulin, slowly released glucose will allow what little insulin they produce or the insulin injections to be more effective in managing sugar levels.

Coconut Sugar

Why is coconut sugar considered environmental friendly and sustainably produced?

Coconut palm trees are an ecologically beneficial tree crop that grows in diverse, wildlife supportive agro-­‐ecosystems that restore damaged soils and require very little water.

Coconut palms produce an average of 50-­‐75% more sugar per acre than sugar cane and use less than 1/5th the soil nutrients and water for that production. Once a coconut tree is tapped, the sap will flow continuously for several decades.

Compare that with sugar cane harvesting, which involve pre‐harvest sugarcane field burning to remove sugarcane straw (the plant’s tops and leaves), drive away snakes and other potentially poisonous animals, and make it easier for workers to cut the cane by hand. Not to mention the burning of the sugarcane fiber left over after juice extraction.

What are the health benefits of using coconut sugar?

The 2 key characteristics that help coconut sugar stand out as the best alternative sweetener in the market is its low glycemic index (GI) of 35 and the fact that much of the minerals, vitamins, and amino acids found naturally in the sap are kept intact because of the minimal processing involved.

Recent scientific evidence have shown that individuals who followed a low GI diet over many years were at a significantly lower risk for developing both type 2 diabetes and coronary heart disease than others.

Some of the key minerals, vitamins, and amino acids found in coconut sugar include:

  • Glutamic Acid -­‐ important in the metabolism of sugars and fats, and aids in the transportation of potassium into the spinal fluid and across blood-­‐brain barrier.

  • Inositol -­‐ a B-­‐vitamin that has been linked as a possible contributor in the prevention of prostate cancer.

  • Vitamin B1 (Thiamine) -­‐ needed to process carbohydrates, fat, and protein. Assists in blood formation, carbohydrate metabolism, and the production of hydrochloric acid, which is important for proper digestion.

  • PABA (Para Amino Benzoic Acid) -­‐ An anti‐oxidant which helps in the formation of red blood cells and aids in the maintenance of healthy intestinal flora.

  • Potassium – necessary for the heart, kidneys, and other organs to work normally.

Can using artificial sweeteners lead to overeating?

Ironically, some studies have shown that consumers taking artificial sweeteners to lose or manage their weight actually wind up gaining weight. The rationale behind this is that when you eat something that’s sweet, you actually trick your body into believing that there are calories coming. However, when they don’t come, you still feel hungry despite the fact that you’ve already taken in calories and as a result, may lead to overeating and, ultimately, gain weight.

What is Stevia and how does it compare to Coco Natura?

Stevia is a low-­calorie sweetener being marketed as a safer, natural alternative to artificial sweeteners because the sweetness is extracted from the leaves of the stevia plant. However, there have been reported side effects by some users of dizziness, muscle pains, numbness, nausea, gas and bloating after ingesting stevia and some users have also commented about detecting a bitter aftertaste using it. The fact of the matter is that there is still unresolved controversy surrounding the use of stevia, such as being potentially cancer-causing and having contraceptive effects, and not enough studies on its long-­term effect on human health.

Is muscovado the same as coconut sugar?

No, muscovado is made from sugar cane, whereas coconut sugar is produced from coconut sap. While muscovado is not as refined as white sugar,  it still has a similar glycemic index and does not offer any nutritional value, unlike coconut sugar which is rich in potassium, B vitamins, and contains 16 of 20 primary amino acids.

Coconut Jam

How is coco jam made?

This truly unique and delicious coconut product is simply made with fresh coconut milk and low-glycemic coconut sap syrup, slow cooked down to a creamy spreadable consistency.

Coconut Syrup

How is coco syrup different from agave syrup?

Coco syrup comes from nutrient-rich coconut sap and is produced simply through an evaporation process that reduces the sap to a syrup-like consistency, perfect for pancakes, oatmeal, ice teas, and other foods where syrup is normally called for.

Agave syrup, on the hand, is refined from the agave cactus plant and while it is marketed as a natural product, there has been some debate about how healthy it is due to its high fructose content, which studies have shown, could lead to insulin resistance and elevated triglyceride levels.

Virgin Coconut Oil

What is the difference between virgin coconut oil and coconut oil?

The coconut oil used in the commercial foods and cosmetics industries is commonly referred to as “RBD”, which is an acronym for refined, bleached and deodorized. This type of oil comes from coconut meat that is usually sun or smoke dried, also referred to as copra. Once dried, the meat is pressed to release the oil and then taken through a refining process to get it back to a clean and clear end product. Often times, solvents are used to maximize extraction of the oil from the meat. You’ll find coconut oil used commercially for cooking, soaps, lotions, and other cosmetics.

Virgin coconut oil, on the other hand, starts from fresh coconut meat is squeezed to extract the coconut milk, which then undergoes a centrifuge or traditional fermentation process to separate out the oil or is dried and pressed to extract the oil (also known as an expeller process). The physical characteristics of the virgin coconut oil vary slightly, depending on the process used, but all in all, the end product is far superior to RBD coconut oil. 

How is your virgin coconut oil produced?

Coco Natura Organic Virgin Coconut Oil is produced using the traditional wet-milled fermentation method.

  • It starts with hand selecting the best coconuts within 24-48 hours of harvest.

  • The fresh coconut meat is then grated and cold pressed to produce coconut milk, which is then allowed to naturally ferment and separate.

  • Once the oil is extracted and filtered, it goes through several rounds of centrifuge to further clarify the oil and drive the moisture out.

Unlike VCOs that are mass produced using the expeller pressed method, the fermentation method produces oil that is more potent and better absorbed in the skin