Coconut Sugar micronutrients?


#1

I’ve heard some good things about coconut sugar, and the Hacker School recipe mentions it as well… Trouble is I can’t seem to find any good nutritional breakdown information for it.

According to sources like http://www.madhavasweeteners.com/coconut-sugar/organic-coconut-sugar/ , it “has naturally occurring nutrients including magnesium, potassium, zinc, iron, B vitamins, and amino acids”, but there is no mention of how much iron, magnesium, B, etc. All of the nutritional fact pages I have been able to find leave off its micro counts altogether.

Has anyone already looked into this and has the data, or know of a better place to check? Thanks!


#2

Not sure how accurate this is, but its a start: http://coconutpalmsugar.com/Nutritional_Information.html


#3

Thanks that helps. I looked into it more as well, but it’s still fuzzy. Additional information:

“Coconut sugar has a high mineral content, being a rich source of
potassium
, magnesium, zinc, and iron. In addition to this it contains
Vitamin B1, B2, B3, and B6. When compared to brown sugar, coconut
sugar has 36 times the iron, four times the magnesium, and over 10
times the amount of zinc
.”

…Which referenced http://www.sugarcoconut.com/health-benefits/nutritional-values.html which has a few similar values to the link you found, but then very different data for the differance in things like, for example, the iron between brown sugar and coconut sugar.

The discrepancies are listed as being in low milligrams and parts per million ranges, and food items will vary based on production factors, so it’s possible I am just being too nit-picky… but I don’t like missing the full numbers. Especially considering the quoted expected magnitude differences with brown sugar. Looks like my next step is to ask Madhava for the breakdown of the coconut sugar they sell, since that is the brand I have here.


#4

Just checking: do you think they came to these micro-nutritient amounts with a sample size of 100gr?

Im thinking to add this sugar to my recipe as well. The taste is grate.


#5

I know right, it’s excellent stuff :smiley:
The link rkirkman found uses the notation “mg / 100gm”, which would be the listed nutrients are in mg units, and the sample size is 100 grams, though the second one I posted shows it in ppm, parts per million, which is interesting.