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Coco Dolcé is now in all Rustan's Supermarket!

This is taken from Interaksyon's website:

"Rustan’s Supermarket, in partnership with the Gawad Kalinga (GK) foundation, has launched a line called Super Goods as part of its effort to help promote local businesses and sustainable practices. GK is a movement that aims to end poverty for 5 million families by 2024 by building enabled communities and creating platforms for social enterprises to partner with the poor. 

The all-Filipino food brands have been curated by one of the country’s leading social enterprise Human Nature.

The Super Goods roster includes brands like Bayani Brew, Villa Socorro, Holy Carabao, Sweet & Fit whose companies employ marginalized communities, foster direct partnerships with farmers, and adopt practices that go beyond fair trade.

According to a press statement from Rustan’s Supermarket, a cup of Hineleban Coffee, for instance, “is an investment in transformative programs for marginalized groups and sustainable development. Sourcing their ingredients from Davao and Bacolod, Theo & Philo chocolate products champion Filipino artisanship in each bite. Meanwhile, Hope in a Bottle and Wellness Water do more than quench your thirst. With their innovative business models, each aiming to fill the basic needs of communities.”

Stock your pantry with wholesome cofee, grains, VCO, chocolate, jams, and other artisanal Filipino food brands from Rustan’s Supermarkets newly launched Super Goods line. Photo courtesy of Rustan’s Supermarket.

All food items carry FDA permits to ensure safe high-quality products; some have also obtained permits for export to the US and Europe.

If you know a good social enterprise that needs the extra support and passes the requirements, or if you simply want to learn more about Super Goods, visit, like and follow Rustan’s Fresh on FacebookTwitter, and Instagram."

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What are the benefits of organic coconut sugar?

Coconut sugar is the boiled and dehydrated sap of the coconut palm. It comes with a higher price tag than granulated sugar but offers the same number of carbohydrates and calories. The benefits of coconut sugar are making it a hot commodity in the health food world -- this form of sugar does offer some trace nutrients and may have less of a dramatic impact on your blood sugar than other types of sweeteners.

Nutrient Content
Coconut sugar isn't a nutritional superfood, but it does offer more vitamins and minerals than white table sugar. It contains trace amounts of vitamin C, potassium, phosphorous, magnesium, calcium, zinc, iron and copper. Coconut sugar also provides small amounts of phytonutrients, such as polyphenols, flavonoids and anthocyanidin, and antioxidants. You'll also find the B vitamin inositol, often used as a mood booster, in coconut sugar.

Low Glycemic Impact
The glycemic index measures the effects of carbohydrates on your blood sugar. Coconut sugar ranks just 35 on this index, while regular table sugar ranks between 60 and 75. Foods high on the glycemic index cause your blood sugar to spike, which can lead to a sugar rush and subsequent crash. Fast spikes in blood sugar can also cause your insulin levels to soar in a short period of time, and this can have serious consequences for diabetics.

Less Fructose
Fructose is a type of sugar your body converts to fat quickly. Only your liver can break down fructose, and one of the results of this breakdown is triglyceride -- a form of fat. You shouldn't consume large amounts of fructose outside of that which you get in fresh fruit, notes Harvard Health Publications. Agave nectar is 90 percent fructose, and high-fructose corn syrup is 55 percent fructose. Coconut sugar has just 45 percent fructose, making it a better option than these other sweeteners.

Earth Friendly
The United Nations' Food and Agriculture Organization named coconut palm sugar the most sustainable sweetener in the world in 2014. The trees use minimal amounts of water and fuel, especially compared to sugar cane production, and produce for about 20 years. It has no artificial ingredients and is not chemically altered in any way.


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What exactly is COCONUT SUGAR?

Produced from the sap of the coconut palm's flower buds, coconut palm sugar has a glycemic index rating of 35, much lower than refined sugar.

It has also been found to contain amino acids, potassium, magnesium, zinc, iron and B vitamins.
"Honestly Healthy" chef Natasha Corrett and "Guilt-Free Gourmet" chef Jordan Bourke like to use coconut palm sugar as a substitute for refined sugars in their baking.
"Anything that comes from nature doesn't quite affect your blood sugars in the same way," says Jordan Bourke.
"Coconut palm sugar's higher in b minerals and it's great in sweet baking whatever it is, and by using it, it's not quite as bad for you."

It can be used in the same ration as refined table sugar in recipes.

Coconut sugar is a super food that has been around for a very long time already. It is about time that we start being aware of what is really is and start using it as an alternative.


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FNRI: Coco sugar has anti-diabetic properties

MANILA, Philippines - The Food and Nutrition Research Institute (FNRI) of the Department of Science and Technology (DOST) has discovered the anti-diabetic properties of coconut sugar. FNRI said coconut sugar does not induce hyperglycemias or high blood sugar because it has a low glycemic index (GI).
The GI measures how fast carbohydrates convert to glucose in the blood and how rapidly a carbohydrate turns into sugar.

FNRI said blood samples from 10 non-diabetics were collected before and after eating the coco sugar. Results showed that coconut sap sugar did not drastically increase blood glucose levels.
FNRI said foods that have GI of 70 or greater are classified as high GI; 56-69, medium GI; and 0-55, low GI.
Dr. Trinidad Trinidad, scientist II of the DOST, said coconut sugar has a GI of 35 plus/minus 5.
However, effect of harvest time and different process procedures may result in different GI of coconut sugar, she said.

The Philippine Coconut Authority has said that the country is producing better quality coconut sugar than its neighboring countries in Asia.
It said major coco sugar-producing areas in the country are General Santos City, North Cotabato and Zamboanga.

Local traders, according to the PCA, have been exporting coco sugar to various countries, including the United States, after the product has potential became a hit especially for diabetics.
Studies showed that coco sugar also helps in lowering cholesterol. Likewise, it is rich in nutrients such as potassium, phosphorus, magnesium, sulfur, calcium, and vitamin C.


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Earth Day Celebration and Meatless Monday Dinner in Davao City

The Freefood Co. celebrated Earth Day in Davao City by hosting a vegetarian dinner talk for a multi sectorial audience at the Alu Hotel.  A talk on vegetarianism by COO Francis Gonzales was followed by a talk on climate change and the “Meatless Monday” campaign by CEO Petteri Makitalo. The Earth Day theme of everybody anywhere can do something for Mother Earth was highlighted. “Meatless Monday” is an international campaign encouraging people to not eat meat on Mondays to improve their health and the health of the planet.

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The Freefood Co. Supports Earth Day Fun Run

The Earth Day Network Philippines organized its first “Fun Run”, or the Pro Earth Run at Bonifacio Global City with the advocacy to “Protect, Respect, and Oversee Earth Care”. The Freefood Co. team of runners participated in the 3K, 5K, and 10K race categories and 5000 runners of all competing teams received Coco Dolce chocolates during the event.

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