Agave

Agave nectar (also called agave syrup) is a sweetener commercially produced in South Africa and Mexico from several species of agave plants (a type of cactus). It is approximately 1.5 times sweeter than sugar and is often substituted for sugar or honey in recipes. In cooking, it is commonly used as a Vegan alternative to honey for those who choose to exclude animal products from their diets. Agave nectar dissolves quickly and so it can be used as a sweetener for cold beverages such as iced tea. It is also added to some breakfast cereals as a binding agent. Agave is sold in light, amber, dark, and raw varieties (the darker the more cooked or processed) and is usually categorized as blue and white (blue has had moisture removed via distillation).

Whatever form you decide to buy, the impact of agave nectar on blood sugar (as measured by its glycemic index and glycemic load) are comparable to fructose, which has a much lower glycemic index and glycemic load than processed table sugar. We use it (and honey) as a substitute for sugar in all our recipes.

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