Continuing the article about “What are the Benefits of Sugar for Us”, let’s talk more about the types of sugar based on the main ingredients. Let’s talk more about the palm sugar. This sugar often referred as the red sugar despite the fact that the color is brown and made of sap.
The shape of the sugar will follow the molds used. It could be squares, cylinders, half ball – because the mold is coconut shell – as well as the powdered sugar often referred as sugar of ants.
Palm sugar can be considered being the natural sugar processed traditionally without the further refinery process or mixing the sugar with chemicals. Palm sugar or some people refer it as Javanese sugar can be categorized furthermore into two categories, the coconut palm sugar and the palm sugar.
They are both palm sugars. However, the both of them have the following differences :
Coconut Palm Sugar
- Made of sap coming from the coconut trees.
- The color is light brown and brighter.
- The sugar appears to be moist and soft when bitten.
- The glycemic index number is 35.
- Made of sap coming from palm trees.
- The color is dark brown.
- It looks dry as well as not as soft as the coconut palm sugar.
- The glycemic index number is 70.
Meanwhile, the shapes of both natural sugars are not counted as basic difference. Both sugars can achieve whatever shapes depending on the molds. They both can be molded into a stick, cylinder, half ball or powders or even crystal depending on the decision of the producers.
Aside of knowing the differences as well as similarities between the coconut palm sugar and the palm sugar will be important in order to know the quality of both natural sugars. The coconut palm sugar or the palm sugar with good quality will certainly come from spa in best quality. The characteristics of sap in best quality are the color is clear, sweet, smells good and has pH between 6 to 7 with sucrose level above 12 and the sugar molded in clean molds.