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What it is: Sugar that’s made from the sap
of the coconut palm tree.
Best uses: Taste- and texture-wise, it’s a
lot like brown sugar—and you can sub it one-for-one in
Is it better for you? Like maple syrup, coconut
sugar contains trace amounts of minerals such as potassium,
phosphorus, magnesium, and calcium. But you’d have to eat
at least 1/4 cup to reap the benefits, which is way more sugar
than anyone needs in a day, Caspero says. (Women should stick
to less than six teaspoons of sugar per day, and men should max
out at no more than nine teaspoons.) “Because coconut
sugar contains less fructose than white sugar, your liver
metabolizes it in a healthier way,” Caspero says. That
means less potentially turns into fat. But since coconut sugar
is higher in sucrose, it still raises your blood sugar.