Lontar Sugar gives you more
steady blood sugar and
helps avoid weight gain
(and helps keep you healthy)
so you can

Want to Learn How
Lontar Sugar
Keeps You Healthy?
Read On!

"More steady blood sugar" comes from foods such as Lontar Sugar called "Low Glycemic Index” (Low-GI).
This means….

When you eat a High-Glycemic Index (High-GI) food, your blood sugar rises higher and quicker (jumps!) and declines faster (crashes!) (and so you feel low-energy and hungry sooner!) compared to if you eat a Low Glycemic Index (Low-GI) food.

When you eat a Low-GI food, your blood sugar stays lower and steadier.


The Glycemic Index (GI) Chart :
The Effect of Sugar on Your Blood Sugar Level


Why is More Steady Blood Sugar Important?

Research shows that diets that support more steady blood sugar (Low Glycemic Index) reduce occurrence of diet-related diseases including:


  • Obesity.
  • Type 2 Diabetes.
  • Gestational Diabetes.
  • Metabolic Syndrome.
  • PCOS.
  • Heart Disease and Stroke.

At the same time, research shows that diets made up of High Glycemic Index foods are strongly associated with Type 2 diabetes incidence and positively associated with metabolic syndrome.

All of YAVA's foods use Lontar Sugar and ingredients like whole grain oats and cashews, that together create a Low-GI recipe, for steady blood sugar.
Take a look :

GI Comparison of
Food Ingredients

Even 10 points on the GI scale makes a significant difference in your body.

Where & How do
We Make Lontar Sugar?

  • Lontar Sugar is evaporated nectar from Lontar palm trees.
  • Lontar palms are common in dry areas of Eastern Indonesia.
  • Smallholder farmers collect the nectar by climbing Lontar trees! The Lontar palms is "wild-harvested" from naturally occurring Lontar trees, rather than from a plantation.
  • By buying evaporated Lontar nectar (also called “juru” or Lontar Sugar), YAVA creates a new source of income for farmers in low-income rural areas.

Why do we call Lontar Sugar
Read On!

What is

GulaRamahTM is our name for sugars that help keep your blood sugar steady and so help you stay healthy. (And they taste great!).  

And, (you guessed it) Lontar Sugar is one of these friendly sugars!  

To be GulaRamahTM, a sugar must be:

  • Low Glycemic Index (GI)
  • Naturally grown (not a substitute, from a chemical factory)
  • No sugar alcohols
  • Vegan
  • (Taste great!)

What are Examples of
GulaRamahTM Sugars?

  • Coconut, Aren and other Palm Sugars
  • Date sugar
  • Maple syrup
  • Lontar Sugar, from Lontar palm trees


GulaRamahTM contrasts with Regular Sugars and substitutes such as:

  • Cane sugar: white or brown
  • Corn syrup
  • Sugar alcohols
  • Artificial sweeteners
  • Natural substitutes (flavor!)

Fun Facts
Lontar Nectar

  • A Farmer has to climb a 15-30m tall Lontar tree every day to collect the Lontar nectar!
  • It takes over 7 liters of Lontar nectar to make 1kg of Lontar Sugar!

More about
Lontar Sugar Nutrition

Amounts of minerals (Regular sugar contains nearly none!) :

Compared to Regular sugar, Lontar Sugar has healthy amounts of minerals.

Comparisons, gram for gram vs bananas:

  • 2.5X more potassium.
  • 50X more calcium (and similar to almonds).
GI Comparison of Food Ingredients

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about Low-GI Foods and Healthy,
Active Living?