The latest trend which I discovered in Chennai is the use of sugar from coconut trees rather than refined sugar because it has a lower glycemic index. It has the same number of calories but it has much more nutritional value with more vitamins and minerals like potassium, iron and zinc. It tastes slightly different with a more butterscotch flavor making food or drinks prepared with it taste richer (like using brown sugar) because it is not bleached like refined sugar. One more thing to note: since coconut trees produce at least twice as much sugar as sugarcane per acre, it has less impact on the earth.
I will look for it in my local grocery stores and let you know what I learn!
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