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sugar replacement: possibly the best solution

By Robyn Openshaw, MSW | Dec 26, 2010

You know I recommend only sparing use of any concentrated sweeteners. A while ago, I posted a recipe featuring COCONUT SUGAR. I’d been given a sample of it, and I was enjoying substituting it for Sucanat (my previous “standby” for baked goods). I didn’t realize how hard to find it was until y’all wrote me a bunch of emails saying, “WHERE DO WE GET IT?”

So I had to spend some time tracking an affordable, organic, reputable source of it.

Fact is, coconut palm sugar is a great find. If you have been here long, you know refined sugars have no place in your kitchen or your baking. (White flour and refined salt are in my kitchen for making play-dough at least. What is sugar good for? NOTHIN’!)

In the past, I’ve recommended Sucanat. On a scale of 1 to 10, if 1 is high-fructose corn syrup (the very worst) and 10 is dates (a whole food), Sucanat is about a 4. It is unrefined, dried cane juice.

Read here why I feel coconut palm sugar is a big step up from that.

In that “sugar replacement” report I wrote, check out the charts showing amino acid profile, micronutrient comparisons to other sweeteners, and the glycemic index rating.

Now we have it in our store so you can obtain it easily.

It’s vastly higher in micronutrients.

It’s far more sustainable.

It is a low-glycemic-index food, which is rare in sweeteners.

Substitute it 1:1 in any recipe calling for sugar. Bakes well, tastes wonderful, no aftertaste. In a couple of weeks here on the blog, I’ll teach you six ways to make ANY baking recipe much more nutritious.

Here it is in the GreenSmoothieGirl.com store.

Posted in: Nutrition, Recipes, Robyn Recommends

10 thoughts on “sugar replacement: possibly the best solution”

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  1. Anonymous says:

    One day just last week I was looking at myself in the mirror and it wasn’t a fun experience.

    I am thirty pounds over weight and have tried so many things to get the weight off that it is not funny.

    As I looked at myself in the mirror that day, I realized that I cannot relate to the body that I see. Even though I have been this much overweight for such a long time, I cannot relate to this body.

    I am now even more committed to finding a way to get rid of the fat on my body!

    I am going to get into the smoothies and raw foods!

    I love my body and I want to feel happy in it!

    I refuse to relate to fat!

    Wish me luck!

    1. Robyn Openshaw, MSW says:

      Norma, you are beautiful and I was glad to see you write that! 🙂 Much love, much luck,

  2. Anonymous says:

    Bummer! I just stocked up on Sucanat! Regardless, thanks for sharing all of this wonderful information with us. My life, as well as those of my family and friends, have been blessed by your efforts.

  3. Anonymous says:

    What is your feeling on XAgave?

    1. Robyn Openshaw, MSW says:

      Janae, good brand!

  4. Anonymous says:

    how many pounds is in the bag of coconut sugar?

    Is that the only size available?

  5. Anonymous says:

    You rate sucanat a 4 and dates a 10. Where are agave, maple syrup and honey on your scale? Also, I thought agave was low glycemic so isn’t that a good alternative?

  6. Anonymous says:

    Hi Robyn,

    I don’t know if this is the best place to leave a comment or get feedback, but I am hoping you get this.

    I have been doing green smoothies and eating mostly raw (no processed foods, meats, dairy, etc) for 4 months now trying to lose weight. I have followed the 10 steps to weight loss pretty perfectly and I have lost some weight, but I am also seeing some negative side effects, like losing lots of hair. I have recently noticed that my palms are orange/yellow and in doing some research online, I found that a vitamin A overdose may cause hair loss and orange palms. Has anyone else ever mentioned similar issues? I know that spinach is very high in Vitamin A and I am worried that I am getting too much. Any help would be greatly appreciated. I would love to continue on with eating this way. Thanks.

  7. I love coconut sugar! I have issues with sugar cravings and coconut sugar doesn’t mess me up at all and it’s great for baking. Coconut oil, coconut sugar, coconut flour, nectar, milk, butter, I don’t know what I’d do without coconut.

  8. Michelle says:

    Please read this link on how coconut sugar destroys the ability of the tree to produce coconuts.

    I am a HUGE fan of yours, and follow many of your principles, one of my biggest concerns is sugar with my 3 year old. Not that he gets it all the time but what to do when I need a replacement for the “Treat’s” at holidays and parties.

    I was so excited when I came across this post but wondered if my findings in the above link were true?

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