Agave Nectar- A Naturally Healthy Sweetener

Cactus? As a sweetener?

I have a sweet tooth.  I like sugar in my coffee and I love dessert.  I’m always looking for lighter options when it comes to this habit of mine.  For a long time I have been trying to stay away from white granulated sugar and use artificial sweeteners like sucralose (aka Splenda).  On a recent trip to Trader Joe’s, they were serving their coffee samples with agave nectar instead of sugar or a sugar substitute.  Since then,  I have seen agave nectar included as the sweetener on many of the food/recipe blogs that I follow.

This may not be new, but it is new to me so I wanted to share it with you.  Recently agave has become the preferred sweetener of health conscious consumers, doctors and natural foods cooks.  It’s health benefits include:

  • Favorable glycemic profile- won’t raise your blood sugar like refined sugars will
  • Naturally occurring sugar (Fructose) that is found in fruits and veggies
  • A sugar substitute without the bitter aftertaste of most artificial sugars
  • Considered a raw food
  • Completely vegan
  • It is about 40% sweeter than sugar so you can use less
The great thing is that it is readily available in most food stores now and there are several different brands that make it.  Also, you can get your agave in light, dark and a selection of flavors.  Look what I found at a local specialty food store! I might have to get some of that amaretto flavor…wouldn’t that  be a great addition to my coffee!

-Mo

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4 Responses to “Agave Nectar- A Naturally Healthy Sweetener”
  1. Courtney says:

    OOOH i’m going to have to try this!!! You know me, and you know how addicted i am to all things SUGAR!! I tried Truvia ILO Splenda, and its a little better, but this may be the ideal!!

    XOXO

    • mmarnall says:

      I know, it is tasty! It truly is a bit sweeter than normal sweeteners, so go sparing at first until you know what taste you want from it. I can’t wait to try the flavors, yum! Finally a way to have hazelnut coffee without complaints from the one I love and also share a coffee pot with lol 🙂

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