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Demerara light

Commented on October 23, 2013
Created October 23, 2013 at 7:21 AM

I have plateaued for a long time now or gaining/losing a few lbs in a matter of days......I know I am not supposed to weigh myself daily but it all started when I lost an average of 5lbs overnight and the Doctors told me to keep an eye on it as they thought it was too much. Now I can't get out of the habit. Anyway it looks like I am losing very slowly again but I wanted to know about Demerara sugar. I started using agave nectar then read Diane Sanfilippo who advocates using molasses as one of the better sweeteners. I tried stevia but did not like the taste and living in England find molasses difficult to get hold of. Can anyone help please as I am sure that this has helped towards my changing fortunes towards my weight loss, along with cutting back on the fruit.

543a65b3004bf5a51974fbdd60d666bb

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on October 23, 2013
at 09:09 AM

just realised that GL is just a calculation using GI anyway. so still not much use with sugars, esp sugars with a high fructose content (resulting in a low GI).

GL formula; GL = (net carb serving size in grams X GI)/100

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on October 23, 2013
at 08:21 AM

Weird. This site is glitchy lately. I could not for the life of me add the one closing remark to that comment. I wanted to say at the end "It's still sugar, though." I have enough characters, but it just won't post. Damnit.

Cf08ad26759fdd206a2c9f9385080a57

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on October 23, 2013
at 08:19 AM

Well, it doesn't taste extra sweet (compared with say honey or refined sugar), so I tend to look at the low-GL as more that it just has more 'filler' by weight. There's some nitrogen and trace nutrients in there you don't see as much in the other sugars.

From the label: “Unlike regular sugar, coconut palm sugar is low on the glycemic index, high in nutrients, and has 16 vital amino acids. Just use it like you would normally use sugar, it is a perfect 1:1 ratio. Because it is low glycemic, you won't get that 'sugar crash' other sweeteners give you."

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on October 23, 2013
at 08:18 AM

Well, it doesn't taste extra sweet (compared with say honey or refined sugar), so I tend to look at the low-GL as more that it just has more 'filler' by weight. There's some nitrogen and trace nutrients in there you don't see as much in the other sugars. Reading the back of the label.. "Unlike regular sugar, coconut palm sugar is low on the glycemic index, high in nutrients, and has 16 vital amino acids. Just use it like you would normally use sugar, it is a perfect 1:1 ratio. Because it is low glycemic, you won't get that 'sugar crash' other sweeteners give you." It’s still sugar.

Cf08ad26759fdd206a2c9f9385080a57

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on October 23, 2013
at 08:17 AM

Test 1 2 3. Glitchy website.

Cf08ad26759fdd206a2c9f9385080a57

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on October 23, 2013
at 08:14 AM

Test glitchy website.

543a65b3004bf5a51974fbdd60d666bb

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on October 23, 2013
at 08:06 AM

is coconut flower nectar low GI or low GL (or may be both?)...

not sure how much value can be attributed to Glycemic Index (GI) when it comes to sugars...i mean fructose has a very low GI (~19, which is lower than coconut sugar).

GL (glycemic load) is probably of more value

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Cf08ad26759fdd206a2c9f9385080a57

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on October 23, 2013
at 07:46 AM

Agave nectar? That stuff has more fructose than high fructose corn syrup. It's like.. extra refined sugar.

Why not just stop putting sugar on things.

I use low-glycemic organic coconut flower nectar, but, I don't really use it in anything I cook with or eat (I use it in the occasional teriyaki sauce.) It mostly just feeds my lactic acid probiotic cultures, which I then drink after they've eaten up the sugar.. they eat upwards of 4Tbs a day. It is a great tasting sugar though.. sort of a caramel flavor.

I feed blackstrap molasses to my plants as an organic source of nutrients. They seem to like it, but it's too thick and strong tasting to me. I do grade-b maple syrup on bacon occasionally. Raw organic honey is a tasty one, but, it's still sugar.

543a65b3004bf5a51974fbdd60d666bb

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on October 23, 2013
at 08:06 AM

is coconut flower nectar low GI or low GL (or may be both?)...

not sure how much value can be attributed to Glycemic Index (GI) when it comes to sugars...i mean fructose has a very low GI (~19, which is lower than coconut sugar).

GL (glycemic load) is probably of more value

543a65b3004bf5a51974fbdd60d666bb

(4493)

on October 23, 2013
at 09:09 AM

just realised that GL is just a calculation using GI anyway. so still not much use with sugars, esp sugars with a high fructose content (resulting in a low GI).

GL formula; GL = (net carb serving size in grams X GI)/100

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