So far, palm juice (palm sugar) is only processed by brown sugar. Even though the value is high if it is processed into ant sugar which is easily sold both in the market and supermarket. In addition, ant sugar in processed foods can provide big benefits for businesses because it has natural sweetness. Ant sugar is a powdered version of brown sugar and often referred to as crystal sugar. It is named ant sugar because this form of sugar resembles that of an ant house nesting on the ground.
The basic ingredients for making ant sugar are sap from coconut trees or sugar palm trees. Because these two trees belong to the palmae plant, in foreign languages, in general, ant sugar is only referred to as Palm Sugar or Palm Zuiker. The domestic industry of ant sugar or brown sugar powder is able to produce products that are of interest to the international market. This is evidenced by the increasing demand for ant sugar exports, where in 2014 it was recorded to be worth USD 34.7 thousand to USD 48 thousand in 2017 or up around 27 percent.
Compared to ordinary brown sugar, processing palm sugar into ant sugar would be more profitable because: sell higher than print sugar. Form powder, making it more flexible to use than print sugar and easier to store, has a longer shelf life. Ant sugar is very suitable for enhancing sweet taste, whether it’s food, drink, or herbal medicine. Ant sugar is also safe for diabetics, because ant sugar is highly recommended for diabetics to reduce high blood sugar levels.
Compared to ordinary brown sugar, processing sap into ant sugar will be more beneficial because:
- The selling price is higher compared to print sugar.
- Powdered form, making it more flexible than print sugar and easier to store.
- Has a longer shelf life.
Ant Sugar is very suitable for enhancing sweet taste, whether it’s food, drink or herbal medicine.
Ant sugar is also safe for diabetics, because ant sugar is highly recommended for diabetics to reduce high blood sugar levels.
The content and benefits of ant sugar:
1. Contains Thiamin (Vitamin B1).
- Serves as a coenzyme in energy metabolism.
- Strengthens the nervous system and muscles.
- Helps the body make and use protein.
2. Riboflavin (Vitamin B2).
- Helps form red blood cells.
- Produces antibodies.
- Together the enzymes produce energy needed by the human body.
- With vitamin A, repairing mucous membranes in the digestive tract.
- Inhibiting cell damage during the energy production process.
- Improve the working system of the tissues and digestive tract of the body.
3. Nicotinic Acid (Vitamin B3).
- Prevent and soften acne scars.
- Prevent constipation and hemorrhoids.
4. Pyridoxin (vitamin B6).
- Protein and Carbohydrate Metabolism.
- Helps in the production of red blood cells.
- Helps the body’s immune system.
5. Ascorbic Acid Has Antibiotic function.
- Prevent Rheumatism, Flu and Ashma.
- Prevent Cancer Creating an immune system.
- Strengthens bones and joints.
- Antioxidant and able to ward off free radicals.
6. Calcium Blood circulation.
- Normalize Blood Pressure.
- Balancing blood acidity.
- Prevent Osteoporosis (bone loss).
- Preventing Heart Disease and reducing the risk of Colon CancerRecovering decreased / weakened sex drive.
7. Niacin Serves as a coenzyme in Glucose, Fat and Alcohol metabolism.
- Helps skin health, nervous system and digestive system.
- Reducing LDL cholesterol Increases brain work function