Kithul Palm Treacle (low GI, low fructose sweetener, organic) - 375ml
Sold as 375ml, the 425ml glass bottles actually contain close to 425ml.
Fructose content is only around 10%
Low GI of 35 to 40. Sugar is 70.
Kithul treacle is made from sap extracted from the inflorescence of the kithul palm, Caryota urens, which grows in Sri Lanka. The treacle is made from pure sap boiled down to a sweet, dark brown syrup, thick and sweet in flavour, with a taste resembling dates with a slight hint of caramel. Kithul is one of the native sugars of Sri Lanka (cane sugar was not present in the country before colonisation).
The treacle of the Caryota urens is often used in baking in addition to serving as a sweetener in food dishes and drinks such as herbal infusions. Kithul has a much lower calorie content than cane sugar and a high nutritional content: it contains reducing sugars which ensure that the syrup passes through the body rather than being stored.
It is a good alternative sweetener for diabetics. Kitul also contains many essential vitamins and minerals including iron, vitamin C, calcium, and phosphorous. When the sap is fresh and left to ferment, kithul sap is the base for traditional vinegar and toddy, a local slightly alcoholic drink. The pith of the Caryota urens is used to make flour, a valuable form of food in Sri Lanka.