When many health experts say that sugar has a bad effect on the body, it makes many people become confused to find healthy sweetener alternatives. On this note, I will use this opportunity to share with you the best alternative to all the sugar derivatives out there. And from all the alternatives available, I recommend palm sugar to be the best for healthy sweetener.
And interesting information is that arenga palm sugar has become a common sweetener for traditional Indonesian society since hundreds of years ago. Palm sugar, which is scientifically known as Arenga pinnata is a sugary product made from the sap of the Palmyra palm tree (Borassus). Palmyra palm (Borassus) on its own is dioecious in nature, comprising of six species of tall fan palms that usually grow up to 30 m high (98 ft). The palm sugar is usually generated by tapping the palm sugar sap from the tree’s inflorescence, which is then boiled to generate sugary syrup that can be in concentrated or crystallized form. In ready-to-eat form, the arenga palm sugar may look the same as the coconut sugar. Between palm sugar and palm sugar is made in the same way the only difference is that coconut sugar is produced from the coconut palm inflorescence while arenga palm sugar comes from the sap from the tree’s inflorescence. And usually arenga palm sugar has a darker color than coconut sugar. It might interest you to know that the quality of palm sugar concentrate largely depends on the production techniques adopted notably on sapping conditions, hygiene, heating time, production facilities, heating temperature and storage. Unlike the white sugar, sweeteners and sometimes stevia, palm sugar is not refined thus retains all the nutrients and vitamins.
- Oral Rehydration Solution
Palm sugar is an excellent substitute for making oral rehydration solution, which is used for the maintenance of the electrolyte balance within the body cells. Oral rehydration solution is very useful for people suffering from vomiting, diarrhoea and those leaving fluid as the drink helps them to regain lost electrolytes and energy
- Nutritional Benefits
Arenga palm sugar has excellent source of minerals and vitamins such as vitamin B1, vitamin B2, potassium, iron vitamin B3 vitamin B6, vitamin B12, zinc and amino acids. It also comprises of fructose, sucrose and glucose.
- Friendly For Diabetes
Consumption of palm sugar has been reported not to cause sudden spikes in blood sugar. However, diabetics should consider consuming palm sugar at a very low rate.
- Energy Boost
Palm sugar helps in boosting the energy level throughout the day.
- Musculoskeletal Health Boost
Palm sugar is an excellent source of potassium, which is essential for our healthy well-being and maintenance of healthy tissues and bones.
- Kids Development
Studies reveal that the palm sugar is made of high nutritive value that makes it suitable for promoting the development and growth of youngsters.
Since arenga palm sugar has many benefits, then you might be able to remove all the pully sugar at home and replace it with palm sugar. Not just for healthy, but arenga palm sugar also has a unique sweet taste like caramel with a fresh aroma so if you use it for cooking or baking the cake it will make a more perfect flavor