I am on the specific carbohydrate diet---is coconut nectar a bad sugar?

Answered on August 19, 2014
Created January 13, 2011 at 2:05 AM

I have read a lot about coconut palm sugar but I want to know about the nectar!!!!


on February 18, 2012
at 03:09 PM

I don't think the sugar in sweet potatoes is bad for you.



on January 13, 2011
at 02:02 PM

@malac - I was just thinking to myself on reading the question, "any poison is a bad poison".



on January 13, 2011
at 03:10 AM

I did google SCD, but I swear every time I read "specific carbohydrate diet," I think, "oh, this person specifically only eats carbohydrates... what a strange choice"



on January 13, 2011
at 02:40 AM

any sugar is bad sugar.

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on February 18, 2012
at 12:04 PM

I contacted the company Coconut Secrets directly to know more about the sugar composition of coconut nectar/sugar to see if it contained mostly sucrose (like the SCD illegal maple syrup and white sugar), or mostly free glucose and fructose (like the SCD legal honey).

Here are the answer they provided: The sugar breakdown of the fresh coconut sap directly out of the tree is 0.5% glucose, 1.5% fructose, and 16% sucrose. However, when the excess liquid is evaporated from the fresh sap to make our Coconut Nectar or Crystals, the naturally occurring sugars become more concentrated (more so in the Crystals than the Nectar), which causes the percentage of glucose to increase to approximately 8-10%, the fructose 10-12%, and the sucrose increases to nearly 74%. The good news is that the presence of inulin and FOS (soluble fiber) are the key factors that maintain the glycemic index at an average of 35 GI.

My opinion: Sucrose is the main type of sugar, which is not appropriate for either the SCD or GAPS diet. Coconut sugar/nectar would also be contained a high-fructose, or high-FODMAP sweetener. On top of that, the inulin and FOS (FODMAPs) found in this sugar can cause a lot of GI issues for people with IBS, SIBO or fructose malabsorption.

Bottom line: Stay away from it. In any case, sugar should be avoided with SIBO.


on January 13, 2011
at 03:50 PM

Coconut palm nectar is most definitely ILLEGAL on SCD.

I used SCD to kill off my SIBO. Anything with "nectar" in the title is going to be a killer. (And anything with inulin in it will feed the overgrowth.)


on January 13, 2011
at 04:01 PM

I'm doing my best to avoid all added sugars, no-matter the source.

Once I did that for about a month or two, many non-sugared foods started tasting sweet to me. This is an important step in my plan to eat healthily for the rest of my life.


on January 13, 2011
at 05:00 AM

Here is a description I found of one coconut nectar product on iHerb:

Nectar, made from this natural sap, is a raw, enzymatically alive product, minimally evaporated at low temperatures (only to remove excess moisture and allow sap to thicken), never exceeding an average summer day in the tropics. Some agave syrups are hydrolyzed at temps up to 140° F. for 36 hours, the end product containing 90% fructose, compared to sap nectar which is only 0.5% glucose, 1.5% fructose, 16% sucrose, and 82% inulin.

I don't know how reliable is this info. and it seems quite hypey, but I can't find anything like it on the USDA food database.

From that it seems that most sugars in coconut nectar are from inulin, an indigestible fiber that can act as a prebiotic. This is definitely not allowed on the SCD as all fiber, especially FOS and inulin, should be eliminated according to the proponents of the diet.

I'm not on board 100% with the SCD folks, but I think that they have some good points. I think that prebiotics like inulin can be absolutely disastrous for some people with bacterial overgrowths like SIBO for example. Science seems to say that the fiber only feeds commensal bacterial, but I think that this is BS and the pathogenic flora should be able to feed and thrive on it as well.

If you do benefit from prebiotics though, coconut nectar could be a good idea. n=1 experimentation is the only way for you to know for sure.

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