Agave nectar health is the topic of endless, heated discussions, and it seems like there is no quick end in sight. A few health experts have taken it upon themselves to “enlighten” the public about the “truth” on agave nectar. The biggest American producer, Madhava, has responded with clear facts…but the fight continues. If you are interested in the details of this low-glycemic war of the words, please see my page on this site: Agave Myths And Rumors.
I am no doctor or licensed nutritionist (I’m a chef!), so I can’t make any definite statements about agave nectar health. Neither is there an all-encompassing answer to the question, is agave nectar healthy? But I can share with you what I’ve experienced over the past 6 years, when selling and cooking with this great natural sweetener.
- During my years as a farmers market vendor selling my Agasweet brand flavored agave syrup, I had hundreds of regular customers – many of them diabetics – who were very happy with my product. They actually shared with me positive reports on agave nectar health.
As a chef with a healthy body, however, I am more excited about the following qualities:
- As agave tends to bring out the flavors of any foods you combine it with, I love to add a bit to soups and stews, sauces, bean dishes, corn bread, wheat breads, sandwiches, cheese dips, and much, much more, where normally sugar is not a recipe ingredient.
- It tastes much better than simple syrup in cocktails.
- It never gives me a sugar rush, because of its low-glycemic index rating and because I use it in moderation.
- Moderation is easy with agave nectar – it’s 1.4 times sweeter than sugar!
- Even on top of mustard and ketchup – a squeeze of my syrup brightens all the flavors of any hot dog or bratwurst favorites.
- Pancakes come alive with butter and agave!
- Poached fish, a delicate lemon beurre blanc, and a shot of our natural sweetener – heaven!
- Carrots glazed with agave nectar…so good it almost made a vegetarian out of this meat and potatoes chef.
- The list goes on and on, and I will write about many more fabulous recipe ideas on this blog.
So, yes, it’s important to know the basics about agave nectar health benefits. But it’s also good to sit back and relax, and say: a teaspoon of natural plant food can’t possibly be worse than the empty calories of refined sugar!
And agave nectar tastes so much better!