Palm sugar as the name suggests is derived from date palm, coconut palm or the Palmyra palm. Though the sugars have various names, they all are produced from sucrose rich sap of palm trees. The secret behind most of the tasty sweets from West Bengal is the coconut palm sugar. It is natural and no chemicals are used while processing. It is obtained from the sap present in the flower buds of the coconut- palm tree. All the varieties of palm sugar have mild caramel flavour. This sugar is more coarse in texture.
Palm sugar is rich in B group of vitamins like thiamine, riboflavin, folic acid and choline etc. Minerals like potassium, calcium, iron, phosphorus, zinc, manganese and copper. It contains some amount of phyto nutrients and anti-oxidants. This sugar is low in glycemic index.
Vitamin C in palm sugar is known to help support your immune system and protects you from falling sick. It also supports healthy joints and skin.
It contains healthy fats that are known to prevent high cholesterol and heart disease.
Inulin a type of dietary fibre that helps keeps your gut healthy, prevent colon cancer and balance your blood sugar levels.
One can make oral rehydration solution with Palm sugar. While making oral rehydration solution adds palm sugar and salt instead of normal sugar. It helps in maintaining the electrolyte balance within the body cells. It is essential to give this fluid to people suffering from vomiting n diarrhoea as it helps them to regain lost electrolytes and energy.
Palm sugar contains potassium which helps maintain healthy tissues and bones.
It takes less time for palm sugar to be absorbed by the body. The digestive process begins as soon as the sugar enters your mouth. This immediately boosts your energy levels. In fact you can keep your energy levels elevated by taking one spoon of palm sugar with your morning cup of coffee or tea.
Unlike normal sugar where animal bones are used in refining process to remove impurities, palm sugar is unrefined and contains all the vitamins and minerals intact. It contains all the amino acids that are present in the sap from which it is derived. The amino acids in Palm sugar help in maintaining heart health, brain function, cell growth and repair.
The process of refining sugar strips a lot of nutrients. But as palm sugar is unrefined and contains all the nutrients, it helps you meet your daily nutritional requirements.
Ayurvedic medicines are made with palm sugar to treat various ailments like cold, cough, anaemia, high blood pressure and asthma.
Palm sugar contains high levels of minerals which are important for physical health as well as our ability to manage stress. They boost brain function and immune system.
Palm sugar can be used in place of normal sugar. It can be used in coffee, tea or any other beverage. Make sweets with palm sugar and stay healthy.
By Nibhanapudi Suguna