Coconut sugar is made by extracting sap from the coconut palm, to then be boiled and dehydrated. It is 70 to 79% sucrose, and 3 to 9% each of fructose and glucose (cane sugar is about 50% fructose). Coconut sugar has a high mineral content, being rich in potassium, magnesium, zinc and iron.
Occasionally, consumers will confuse coconut sugar with palm sugar. They are definitely not the same! Palm sugar is derived from any variety of palm tree, while coconut sugar comes only from coconut palms. This difference is important, because other palm sugars do not have the same nutritional benefits as coconut sugar, nor is their glycemic index as low as that of coconut sugar.
Caramel colored and with a subtle sweetness reminiscent of brown sugar and caramel, coconut sugar can be easily substituted for cane sugar in most recipes.
For more information:
Coconut Sugar is Sustainable
Coconut Sugar, A Natural Sweetener from the Coconut Palm
How to make Coco Sugar | Agribusiness Philippines