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Palm Sugar

Alternate Names

Coconut Sugar, Coconut Palm Sugar, Coco Sugar, Palm Sugar


A sugar that is made by collecting sap from the flower buds of coconut trees (usually cocos nucifera or sago palm which are different from those used for palm oil). The sap is then dried and sold as a paste, block, or granulated. It is not refined or bleached and has a high nutrient content as compared to most sweeteners. Coconut palm sugar reportedly has a lower glycemic index than table sugar and has a high water content. It is described as similar to brown sugar in taste but with a richer butterscotch or caramel flavor. It cooks, melts and boils very much like table sugar and is therefore good for cooking.

Palm Sugar - Quick Stats

Coconut Sugar, Coconut Palm Sugar, Coco Sugar, Palm Sugar

Allergy Information






Additional Information

Palm sugar is commonly used in Asian countries like Thailand, Indonesia, and Vietnam. It comes in a a large variety of colors, textures, and flavors depending on where it is was produced. It is commonly mixed with other sugars such as malt sugars so it is important to check for the purity when purchasing.


Found In

Asian sauces, Asian packaged and prepared foods

Possible Health Effects

Those with tree nut allergies should avoid since coconut palm sugar may be processed in facilities which also process coconuts.

Allergy Information


In The News

6/15/10 - Natural News: Why Organic Palm Sugar is The Next Big Thing in Natural Sweeteners. 3/10/10 - Summer Tomato: Is Coconut Palm Sugar A Healthy Sugar Substitute?

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