The Difference Between:

Coconut Sap Sugar vs. Natural Sweeteners



COCONUT SAP SUGAR and
OTHER NATURAL SWEETENERS

Coconut Sap Sugar  VS.  Maple Sugar / Maple Syrup

Maple Syrup is made from  maple tree sap. It takes 30-40 gallons of sap to make one gallon of maple syrup. Unless labeled  “pure maple syrup”  it may be mixed with corn syrup or other additives to lower its cost. Maple sugar is crystallized maple syrup. Maple syrup is about 60 percent sweeter than sugar. Maple syrup can cause blood sugar to rise due to it being a high glycemic food. Unlike coconut sap sugar which has a low glycemic rating. 

Coconut Sap SugarVS.Agave Nectar Syrup

Agave NectarAgave syrup comes from the sap of the maguey cactus. Its composition is 56% to 92 % fructose , with the rest mostly glucose. Agave nectar  is  chemically  converted fructose -  a high fructose sweetener, 90% solids , a percentage much greater than traditional  high fructose  corn syrup. Processed fructose has all the adverse effects of sugar plus it is more readily turned into triglycerides and fat than sucrose. Fructose raises blood trylyceride levels, a marker for heart disease, higher than glucose does. Fructose creates more than double the advanced glycation end products (AGEs), harmful chemical species that age the human body, in the bloodstream as compared to glucose.

The high amount of fructose may aggravate a copper deficiency linked to serious coronary problems. Agave may cause disintegration of red blood cells, irritate the skin and the lining of the gastro intestinal tract, depress the central nervous system, and immune response and cause miscarriage.

Agave syrup is certainly not healthier than sugar or  the vilified high-fructose corn syrup (HFCS which is 55% fructose), which incidentally is almost its equivalent with respect to its composition. High fructose corn syrup (HFCS) is processed , so is agave nectar.  HFCS is almost the same thing as agave nectar syrup except that agave is made from a Mayan polysaccharide feedstock, and HFCS is made from an American one. Agave nectar is primarily composed of inulin, a polysaccharide that acts like fiber in the system.

Agave syrup is approximately 25 to 30 percent sweeter than sugar, has trace amounts of minerals such as calcium, potassium, magnesium, iron. Agave  just like coconut sap sugar also ranks low on the glycemic index.

Major Nutrients in Coconut Sap
compared with Agave Nectar Syrup

Comparison of MINERAL   Content

MACRONUTRIENT
mg/L(ppm) in Dry Matter

COCONUT
Sap

AGAVE
Nectar Syrup

Nitrogen (N)

2,020.0

 

Phosphorus (P)

790.0

 

Potassium (K)

10,300.0

< 10

Calcium (Ca)

60.0

< 15

Magnessium (Mg)

290.0

< 10

Sodium (Na)

450.0

< 10

Chlorine (Cl)

4700.0

 

Sulfur (S)

260.0

 

Boron (B)

6.3

 

Zinc(Zn)

21.2

 

Manganese (Mn)

1.3

 

Copper (Cu)

2.3

< 1

Iron (Fe)

21.9

< 1