I’ve written previously about the many uses for the amazing coconut. It seems like I learn about another one every couple of months or so. My previous discovery, which was really just news to me and not anyone living in the Philippines, was the benefits of coconut water for replenishment. I’ll tell you, that industry has really taken off here, but that’s another story.

No, this time I come across Coconut Nectar, which is being touted as a low glycemic alternative to Agave Nectar. Agave nectar has gained quite a following lately, also, because of it’s nice combination of sweetness and low glycemic hit. Little did I know of the possible negative aspects of it, as always seems to be the case with anything sounding too good to be true. Honestly I don’t know what people should eat sometimes, as it seems everything has it’s objectors and nay sayers.

I really just started out to see if agave nectar was available in the Philippines. I figured it might be, but hard to find and expensive. That’s when I stumbled upon the coconut nectar, and it’s comparison to agave nectar. Coconut nectar has an even lower glycemic index rating, and according to the information provided is much healthier than agave nectar as it does not result in a high fructose based product.

Health Secrets of Coconut Nectar:
When the coconut tree is tapped, it produces a naturally sweet, nutrient-rich “sap” that exudes from the coconut blossoms. This sap is very low glycemic and contains 17 amino acids, minerals, Vitamin C, broad-spectrum B vitamins, and has a nearly neutral pH.

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Small batches ensure that this pure, low glycemic 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.

I found some locally at the nearby health food store. That in itself was amazing to me. I have not tried it yet. It appears that it should be able to be used for the same applications as agave nectar. That’s my plan at least. The upside of all of this, in addition to the possible health benefits, is that I should be able to find this in the Philippines. I know that coconut sugar is available there and this is basically what is used to make that sugar.

The brand I found locally was Raw Coconut Nectar by Coconut Secret. It’s one of the few products I’ve seen here that said, “Product of the Philippines”. It’s 100% pure coconut tree sap, or nectar. It was approximately the same cost as the agave nectar, maybe a bit more. Not really cheap, either one of them.

I may need to search a little but I’m hopeful that I’ll find a source in the Philippines for the coconut nectar, amusing of course that I like. I can’t see why I wouldn’t though.