This plant-based sweetener is typically unrefined, meaning it hasn’t been stripped of minerals and vitamins. Because it is unrefined, it looks slightly brown in color. Extracted from the sap of the coconut palm, coconut sugar is rich in potassium, zinc, iron, and even some antioxidants. It also contains an insoluble fiber called inulin, which can minimize post-meal blood sugar spikes, making it a good choice for diabetics or anyone trying to manage blood sugar levels. Coconut sugar can usually be used in a one-to-one ratio when replacing regular sugar, so if you don’t want to do much measuring or thinking, this is an easy pick.