Coconut Secret was developed in the Spring of 2008 when a brother and sister, Randy and Leslie, had a desire to create a low glycemic, gluten-free snack line that was truly safe for diabetics, using the purest, most organic, least processed ingredients they could find. A few years earlier both of their parents were diagnosed with Diabetes, and they quickly became appalled at what was being passed off as "diabetic-safe" foods, especially in the snack category.
These siblings' goal was to find a natural sweetener that was safe for diabetics. After much research, they learned about the healthful benefits of coconut sugar. Coconut sugar is made by collecting the "sap" from coconut tree blossoms. This naturally sweet sap is very low glycemic (GI of 35), raw and enzymatically alive, an abundant source of 17 amino acids, minerals, vitamin C, broad-spectrum B vitamins, and has a nearly neutral pH.
Helps Prevent Obesity by speeding up metabolism, providing an immediate source of energy with fewer calories than other fats. People who consistently use coconut products, report a stronger ability to go without eating for several hours with no affects of hypoglycemia.
Improves Heart Health by providing healthy short chain and medium chain fatty acids (MCFA) that are essential to good health. Close to 98% of all fatty acids consumed are composed of long-chain fatty acids (LCFA), which are very different from MCFA that have no negative effect on cholesterol ratios and help to lower the risk of atherosclerosis and protect against heart disease. Studies have shown that populations in Polynesia and Sri Lanka, where coconuts are a dietary staple, do not suffer from high serum cholesterol or heart disease. Unlike other fats, the unique properties of coconut also contain a large amount of lauric acid, which is the predominant fatty acid found in mother's milk.
High in Dietary Fiber rivaling other fiber sources such as psyllium, wheat bran, oat bran, and rice bran. Coconut supplies an impressive 61% dietary fiber! Foods contain two types of carbohydrates – digestible and non-digestible. Digestible carbohydrates (soluble fiber) consists of starch and sugar and promote calories. Non-digestible carbohydrates (insoluble fiber) contains NO calories. Since the body cannot digest the dietary fiber in coconut, no calories are derived from it and it has no effect on blood sugar.
Low Glycemic Index (GI) measures how fast available carbohydrates in food raise blood sugar levels. Coconut fiber slows down the release of glucose, therefore requiring less insulin to utilize the glucose and transport it into the cell where it is converted into energy. Coconut also assists in relieving stress on the pancreas and enzyme systems of the body, in turn, reducing the risks associated with Diabetes. Coconut Nectar and Crystals have a very low GI of only 35 (compared to honey with a GI of 55-83, and sugar with a GI of 65-100.)
Reduces Sweet Cravings and improves insulin secretion and utilization of blood glucose. The healthy fat in coconut slowsdown any rise in blood sugar and helps to reduce hypoglycemic cravings.
Improves Digestion and many of the symptoms and inflammatory conditions associatedwith digestive and bowel disorders, by supporting absorption of other nutrients including vitamins, minerals, and amino acids while also providing beneficial dietary fiber.
Quick Energy Boost that provides a super nutritious source of extra energy. Coconut is utilized by the body to actually produce energy, rather than to store it as body fat. It supports improved endurance during physical and athletic performance. As well, it promotes healthy thyroid function and helps to relieve the symptoms of chronic fatigue.
In addition, coconut contains No Trans-Fats, is Gluten-Free, Non-Toxic, Hypoallergenic, and also contains Antibacterial, Antiviral, Antifungal, and Anti-parasitic healing properties. Coconut helps to aid and support overall Immune System functions.
The naturally sweet, earthy flavor of Coconut Crystals is an ideal sweetener for use over cereals, in tea, and all your favorite dessert recipes! (Delicious Coconut Crystals do not have a coconutty flavor. Each hand-made batch may vary slightly in flavor and color.)
My Experience: I have been intrigued with Coconut Secret products ever since I first read about all of the healthful benefits of coconut. I was excited to try Coconut Crystals in place of regular sugar in my baking. I decided to make homemade brownies. The recipe called for 2 cups of sugar, and I substituted one cup of Coconut Crystals for one cup of the white sugar. In the end, my brownies turned out fabulous and tasted deliciously rich and sweet. I was so happy when my family was enjoying them, especially because I knew that they were much healthier than normal brownies.
The naturally sweet, milk flavor of Coconut Nectar is an ideal sweetener for use on pancakes, over cereal, in tea and all your favorite dessert recipes! (Delicious Coconut Nectar does not have a coconutty flavor.)
My Experience: My daughter, Kendallyn has been researching healthful recipes for delicious smoothies. She has been adding Coconut Nectar for the perfect blend of sweetness. She is hooked! I used this wonderful nectar on my son's oatmeal this morning, instead of our usual sugar for his first day back-to-school breakfast. He absolutely loved it! He just started first grade. My baby is growing up!
Look at my little first grader!
To learn more about Coconut Secret Products or to find out where you can purchase go to: https://www.coconutsecret.com
Disclaimer: I received samples of these products to review and to keep. The opinions are my own.