- Certified Organic
- Nutrient rich
- Low GI
- 100% Natural Sap from the Philippines
- Sap from budding flowers (not tree trunk)
- The original coconut sweetener
Use Coco Natura for all your sweet needs!
- To sweeten your coffee, tea, and other beverages
- To enhance the flavor of your cakes and pastries
- A balancing agent for curries and robust sauces
- The ideal sugar substitute for diabetics
- For weight maintenance and obesity prevention
The Philippines has an exciting new product – Coco Natura! Coco Natura, the original coconut sweetener, is 100% natural and free from additives and artificial flavorings. It is a nutrient-rich, high-value food product derived from the fresh sap of organically grown coconut trees. The sweet juice is extracted when the budding flower is just about to grow – and not from the coconut fruit. The result is a rich, caramel-like flavour. In addition to its wonderful taste, it is packed with vitamins (particularly B vitamins), amino acids and minerals. Coco Natura is known for its low glycemic index (GI) of 35 (good news for diabetics, and the rest of us too!).
Coco Natura serves as a healthier alternative, replacing sugar in coffee, tea, and other beverages. It is also used as a balancing agent and flavour enhancer for cakes, pastries, and even curries and robust sauces. Many patisseries will find Coco Natura’s rich caramel taste and distinctive aroma perfect for their concoctions.
Compared to sugarcane-based sweeteners, Coco Natura lives up to its claim of being the natural way to sweeten people’s lives! A comparative analysis made by the Philippine Coconut Authority (PCA) Plant Tissue Analysis Laboratory reveals that coconut sugar contains more amounts of nitrogen, phosphorus, potassium, magnesium, sodium, chlorine, sulfur, boron, zinc, and copper compared to refined cane or brown sugar. This makes coconut sugar not only delicious, but also the more nutritious and therefore smarter choice.
Tests conducted by the Food and Nutrition Research Institute and the Dept. of Science and Technology revealed that the glycemic index (GI) of coconut sugar is only at an astounding 35, much lower than that of cane sugar at 50.
The glycemic index (GI) value measures how rapidly a carbohydrate turns into glucose.
Some Examples of the Glycemic Index of Foods:
|Low GI||55 or less||most fruits and vegetables (except potatoes and watermelon), grainy breads, pasta, legumes/pulses, milk, yogurt, products extremely low in carbohydrates (some cheeses, nuts), fructose, cane sugar|
|Medium GI||56–69||whole wheat products, basmati rice, sweet potato, table sugar|
|High GI||70 and above||corn flakes, rice krispies, baked potatoes, watermelon, croissants, white bread, extruded breakfast cereals, most white rices (e.g. jasmine), straight glucose (100)|
Coco Natura: 35
Low GI foods help in the management of diabetes mellitus and have been shown to lower cholesterol. Coco Natura is the only sweetener that is Bureau of Food And Drugs (BFAD) approved and documented to be safe for both diabetics and non-diabetics. It is also useful for weight control and for the prevention of obesity. This breakthrough has the potential to make a major impact in the lives of millions of diabetics and health conscious people around the world.
The Sugar Comparison!
Comparative Analysis of the Macro & Micro Nutrient Contents of Three Types of Sugar
|Nutrient Content||Coconut Sap Sugar ( a )||Brown Cane Sugar ( b )||Refined (White) Sugar ( c )|
|Micronutrients mg/L (ppm) in dry matter|
|Macronutrients mg/L (ppm) in dry matter|
* Determined through combustion method using Nitrogen Analyzer
** Determined using ICP-AES
Analyzed by: Philippine Coconut Authority – Plant and Tissue Analysis Laboratory Source: Kozaki, 1974 as cited in PCARRD, 1993 / Coconuts Today, Vol. XIX November 2004/October 2005
*Dominant amino acids
COCONUT SUGAR FOOD AND NUTRITIVE VALUES
|Total Energy Content a, cal/100g||369.40|
|Total carbohydrate a, g/100g||92.3|
|Moisture a, %||2.2|
|Ash a, %||2.2|
|Crude Protein a, %||1.3|
|Crude Fat a, %||0.12|
|Vitamins and Minerals|
|Vitamin C a, mg ascorbic acid/100g||23.4|
b Analyzed by PTAL-PCA
Multiply by 10 to convert mg/100g to ppm (mg.kg)
|Analyses of Coconut Sap Sugar
(Sample analyzed by Sugar Regulatory Administration)Glucose, 2.0%
Sucrose, 84.98%Quality Test of Coconut Sap Sugar
(Sample tested by Sugar Regulatory Administration)Moisture, 2.20%
Reducing Sugar, 7.51%
Total Sugar as Invert 97.65%
Collecting the Sap
In the Philippines, the coconut tree, known for its rich abundance of healthy produce, is called the “Tree of Life”. The unopened flower of the coconut tree is the source of the sweet sap, which is the only ingredient in Coco Natura. This is the same nectar that bees gather to turn into honey. For people, gathering the sap requires age-old techniques and great physical agility. A person climbs up and down the tall coconut trees, balancing on a catwalk hung between them. A sharp knife is used to make a very fine slice in the bud. Several incisions twice a day results in the continuous flow of nectar. The nectar is then collected to produce an organic, naturally delicious and multi-purpose sweetener.