Coconut palm trees have been used for sugar production for centuries, using the highly sophisticated techniques of tapping that were developed in Asia, Africa and America. If you're looking for a sweet fix, coconut sugar is one of the better unrefined natural sweeteners out there. It's low GI, with fibre that helps to slow glucose absorption and keep blood sugar levels in check. It also contains iron, zinc, calcium and potassium, as well as phytonutrients that help reduce blood sugar, inflammation and cholesterol. With the probiotic inulin, it's also good for the gut and immune health.