Palm Sugar (Đường Thốt Nốt) is, as the name indicates, made from the sap of palms, which is boiled down until it crystallizes. It is the sweetener of choice wherever palms are plentiful, including Mexico and Southeast Asia. Usually sold in disks or cones that you can chop or grate, it is golden brown and has a caramelized flavor. Light brown sugar makes a fine substitute; white sugar can also be used.
- One tablespoon of palm sugar contains:
- Calories: 54
- Protein: 0 grams
- Fat: 0 grams
- Carbohydrates: 15 grams
- Fiber: 0 grams
- Sugar: 15 grams
Palm sugar is a good source of:
Palm sugar also contains manganese. This mineral aids in bone health and may reduce your risk of osteoporosis. It has also been studied for its potential in the reduction of some risk factors of diabetes, like insulin resistance.
Too much sugar in your diet increases your risks for these conditions and other chronic diseases, however. While palm sugar contains a range of health-boosting nutrients, it should only be consumed in moderation.