a natural sugar derived from the unopened flower bud of the coconut tree (Cocos nucifera). It is not highly processed with no additives, bleaching agents, or any chemicals needed to make it. In fact, the only processing that takes place is heating the coconut sap to evaporate its water content. It is considered healthier and more nutritious than other natural and artificial sugar substitutes due to its low Glycaemic Index (GI), high vitamins, minerals and amino acids. Although new to the Western world, it has a long and proud history in coconut communities from the South Pacific to South Asia.