Agave nectar is a 100 percent pure and natural sweetener made from the juice of the agave plant.
Qualities and benefits of this healthy alternative to refined sugar
- Agave nectar from reputable sources such as Madhava in Colorado is certified organic, pure, and without any additives whatsoever.
- Agave nectar is gluten and dairy free, as well as peanut and tree nut free.
- The glycemic index of Madhava’s agave is 32. Compare to honey (58) and sugar (64).
- Agave syrup is not a low-carb food. However, due to its higher degree of sweetness you may use less of it and thus save calories. 2/3 cups of agave = 1 cup sugar.
- Many diabetic customers report great results from using agave as their sweetening agent. It’s best to consult with your doctor to find out if agave nectar is right for you.
- It does not need to be refrigerated. Store it at room temperature. After opening, the shelf life is more than a year.
- Agave nectar is highly suitable for cooking and baking. Similar to honey, it has a moisture-retaining quality. Great for cakes and cookies!
- There is absolutely no corn syrup in Madhava’s agave. Elsewhere on this site you will find extensive information on this controversial issue.
Just as honey, agave syrup is naturally composed of water, fructose and glucose. Both honey and agave are created by enzymatic action which breaks apart the complex sugar molecules (disaccharides) of the flower nectar (for honey) or the agave juice (for agave sweetener) into their natural proportion of simple sugars (monosaccharides).
What Is Fructose?
Fructose is found naturally in many foods. It is often referred to as fruit sugar. It is assimilated differently in our body than glucose, and does not disrupt blood sugar levels.
Fructose is a monosaccharide, or single sugar, that has the same chemical formula as glucose but a different molecular structure. Found in fruit, some vegetables, honey, and other plants, fructose and other sugars are carbohydrates, an important source of energy for the body.
In a 2002 scientific statement on sugar and cardiovascular disease, the American Heart Association concluded that, for most individuals, consuming fructose either pure or in the form of sucrose has neither beneficial nor adverse effects.
This is a highly interesting testimonial by the maker of the famous Gnosis Chocolates. Read the Agave Nectar Report.