A recipe I made yesterday called for Coconut Sugar. I had never heard of it before so I looked into it and it’s the new health hype food that is a “healthy alternative to sugar”. I love anything coconut related so I was intrigued at first but after further research I will not ever be using coconut sugar. It’s marketed as an organic product but it is not sustainable in any way. It is produced by the exact same methods as palm oil (a product condemned worldwide) and is already having the same devastating effects. When you extract sap from coconut trees to make sugar you are eliminating the ability for that tree to go on and produce fruit which means no coconuts, no milk, no other products from those particular trees. The sap is removed for the sugar and then whole plantations are destroyed with no other benefit.
The Philippines, a country with one of the most bio-diverse environments in the world, is also the largest producer of coconut sugar. The amount of species that would be impacted by this unsustainable farming practice must be astronomical and I hate to think about it.
I can’t believe that coconut sugar can be marketed as an “organic superfood” and sold in alternative shops that are supposedly for the benefit of people who are more concerned with the environmental impacts food production can have. That is not what I would consider an organic product in any way. Pays to do your research.
More information: http://www.tropicaltraditions.com/coconut_palm_sugar.htm
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