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Coconut Nectar, Sucrose Bomb.

Answered on August 19, 2014
Created February 09, 2011 at 10:26 AM

Anyone know anything about Coconut Nectar?

I found it while ordering some Coconut Aminos (a soy-free soysauce alternative that Melissa blogged about on HuntGatherLove.com.)


Edit: bad numbers, deleted, and in light of the correct numbers, I believe this product to be way too fructose heavy and therefore crap. Unfortunately, can't delete the question.

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on February 09, 2011
at 06:53 PM

Thanks, WordVixen. :)

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on February 09, 2011
at 06:50 PM

I voted to close this question, if 4 others do so as well, it will be deleted (I think).

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on February 09, 2011
at 06:16 PM

Elizabeth- the coconut aminos are good, but in my opinion need a dash of fish sauce to compete with a good soy sauce or tamari.

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on February 09, 2011
at 03:29 PM

Stephen, I think the answers here will be valuable for other people in the future who want to know the composition of coconut nectar. How about changing the question to something general like, "Is coconut nectar better than table sugar?" and leaving it?

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on February 09, 2011
at 03:15 PM

Edited. Unfortunately can't delete.

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on February 09, 2011
at 02:25 PM

As pointed out by Rob Sacks, the inulin content is not an issue, as this Coconut Nectar doesn't have much of it.

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on February 09, 2011
at 01:34 PM

As pointed out by Rob Sacks, the carbohydrate breakdown you've given us is the carb breakdown of Agave sap before processing, not the Coconut Nectar. You might want to edit your post.

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on February 09, 2011
at 10:40 AM

Will be interested to hear your take on the aminos - I've been hesitant to pull the trigger due to price.

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82166cc32b6cf26de33b69f58fb583b1

on February 09, 2011
at 12:17 PM

looks decent on paper...0.5% glucose, 1.5% fructose, 16% sucrose, and 82% inulin.

That's not what the label says. The label says there is no inulin in this product. A tablespoon of this stuff contains 13 grams of carbs, and every bit of that is sugar. 13 grams of sugar is a tablespoon by itself. This stuff is pure sugar.

According to the scientific literature, the sugar in coconut sap is mostly sucrose (table sugar). Sucrose is half fructose. Whenever you see "sucrose" in a product, count half of it as fructose because that's what your body absorbs from it.

In short, this stuff is basically flavored table sugar. By calories, it's approximately 50% fructose and 50% glucose.

I would say, if you want to eat table sugar and you like the taste of this stuff, eat this instead. But I don't see any nutritional advantage.

References:

http://www.aensionline.com/rjmms/rjmms/2008/173-176.pdf

http://lrrd.cipav.org.co/lrrd11/1/dali111.htm

http://books.google.com/books?id=fY5hLeJ-WW4C&pg=PA190&lpg=PA190&dq=coconut+sap+composition+sucrose&source=bl&ots=7HvLh_xHl6&sig=Ge_UyvpkweD6v1OxPofKXkgdd7A&hl=en&ei=wolSTeCvD8XZgQfcmbCyCA&sa=X&oi=book_result&ct=result&resnum=2&ved=0CBsQ6AEwAQ#v=onepage&q=coconut%20sap%20composition%20sucrose&f=false

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F6c1df7d5699661bd1f0d6d0a6c17fc6

on February 09, 2011
at 11:17 AM

Depends on your stance on fructans in general and inulin in particular. Dr. Kurt Harris has written about them in a rather negative way. See here.

Also according to the article on wikipedia, people with fructose malabsorption have trouble with it. People with IBS should probably stay away. Some of it might be broken down into fructose by the bacteria that eat it, and absorbed by your gut. In which case you are adding some extra fructose to the 1.5% that is already there and the 16% sucrose.

F6c1df7d5699661bd1f0d6d0a6c17fc6

on February 09, 2011
at 02:25 PM

As pointed out by Rob Sacks, the inulin content is not an issue, as this Coconut Nectar doesn't have much of it.

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on February 09, 2011
at 11:47 AM

I would like to know what the affect is 1 hour post prandial on blood glucose. Dr Davis has a post regarding what the affect is of any food and blood glucose..... posted yesterday.
http://heartscanblog.blogspot.com/2011/02/glucomania.html

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