The Glycemic Index (GI) is the standard measurement used to rank how fast blood sugar levels rise after we drink or eat a particular type of beverage or food over a 2-3 hour period of time. Concentrated sweeteners naturally have a higher GI compared to other foods, though they are not usually consumed alone but with other foods.
Sugars that are released slowly into the bloodstream are low glycemic in nature and the most beneficial to consume on a regular basis. Raw coconut nectar is one of these sweeteners. It contains mostly sucrose with smaller amounts of glucose and fructose. It is likewise high inulin, a prebiotic fiber that is believed to also help slow absorption rate.
SweetCoco is one of the lowest glycemic sweeteners and is comparable to coconut nectar in taste as well as its higher levels of prebiotic sugars. Another natural sweetener with a zero glycemic index is the luo han guo fruit or monk fruit. Luo han guo extracts, however, are not available as a syrup but rather used as liquid drops or in the form of a crystallized sugar called Lakanto.