Agave Nectar is a Nutritious, Natural Sweetner

It will help you control your appetite naturally!

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You will love agave nectar! It has a sweet but delicate taste. Agave syrup is actually sweeter than honey.

This natural sweetner comes from the agave plant. The agave is native to the Southwestern U.S. and Northern & Central Mexico. It is not a cactus but a succulent like the aloe vera plant.

Agave plants have been used for hundreds of years by the native populations of Mexico and the Southwest as a food additive. It has also been used for medicinal purposes. The ancient Aztecs poured agave syrup combined with salt into wounds to cleanse them and to aid healing.

Agave nectar (sometimes misspelled as agave necter) has a low glycemic index. If you are diabetic you may be able to use agave as a sugar substitute. Agave syrup is low in calories and mixes well with foods and liquids both.

Benefits of Agave

We have listed below some of the additional benefits to using agave as a natural sweetner:

  • It decreases appetite
  • Agave blocks the creation of fat
  • Increases absorption of nutrients
  • Helps reduce inflammation
  • Lowers cholesterol
  • No sugar rush
  • No blood sugar spike

Additional Helpful Hints

We are including some additional facts about agave nectar that you may find helpful if you chose to use agave in your cooking:
  • Use 1/4 to 1/3 of the sugar called for in a recipe
  • Reduce over temperature by 25 degrees
  • One tablespoon weighs 21 grams and contains 16 grams of carbohydrates
  • One serving or tablespoon contains 68 calories
  • Glycemic index is 32
  • It has a light viscosity and a high level of solubility

Researchers have discovered that agave contains fructans which are helpful in delivering drugs to the colon to treat colon disorders. Fructans are not affected by stomach acids.

In addition, agave has been shown to be effective against pyogenic bacteria on the skin. It also kills enteric bacteria in the intestines.

A recent agave research study published by the American Chemical Society concluded that the fructans found in the agave plant may help prevent osteoporosis and other diseases. Fructans increase the body's ability to absorb calcium. More research is being called for.

We hope you have benefited from this information on agave! For those of you who are monitoring your sugar intake or who just want a more healthy sweetner, agave nectar may be a good alternative choice for you and your family.

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