The Sweetest Liquid Sugar Substitute Of Them All…Agave Nectar!
Agave Nectar (agave for short) is my 2nd favorite sugar substitute to date (next to Erythritol, but they are quite different, so that’s like comparing gorillas to matterhorns).
Not only does Agave Nectar taste incredible, but it is 25% sweeter than sugar, and is super great for use in baking and drinks.
What is Agave?
Agave is a syrup, much like Maple Syrup, that comes from the agave plant (Shown Below).
It is mainly grown in Mexico, although some also grow it in South America and the United States.
The nectar (Syrup) is just a refined version of the plant. There are no additives, or preservatives, or any junk like that (At least in the right brand).
Who Can Eat It?
Pretty much anyone can have agave, it is even safe for diabetics.
Or course, there are many different brands of Agave. Personally I recommend that you use the “Volcanic Agave Nectar”. It is easily the best and purest form of Agave, although unless you buy it in bulk it can be quite expensive.
If I run out of Agave and need some quickly, I’ll usually grab some Wholesome Sweeteners Agave from Cosco. It’s considerably cheaper than other brands if you get it at the right place.
I should mention that the quality is not as good as the Volcanic Agave Nectar though. It’s not as pure, and doesn’t taste as good.
Because my system isn’t too sensitive (Although it’s quite sensitive), I can handle that brand.
But if you are the type of person who’s health can be jeopardized at the drop of a pin, I recommend you shell out for the expensive stuff as it will be worth it; it even has lower fructose content (which I know many of you are wary of what with Dr. Mercola’s articles warning against low-quality brands of Agave).
About The Glycemic Index
The Glycemic Index is how we measure how quickly Carbs are broken down into Sugar in your bloodstream. A Lower Glycemic index often indicates a lower insulin demand. This information is useful for diabetics, who have problems regulating insulin in their bloodstream.
For a food item to be safe for Diabetics, it must have a Glycemic index of less than 55.
Volcanic Agave has a Glycemic index of 27, while other brands range from 38-46 on the scale. So it is obvious that the Volcanic Agave is your star choice.
Agave Nectar can save your diabetic life.
What Should I Use Agave On?
As much as you can!
I use Agave in all of my recipes, on my pancakes, in my cereal, oatmeal, and anywhere else you might normally use a sweetener.
It’s perfect for all occasions.
You will find that most of the recipes on this site are made with Agave. So I recommend you buy some online, and test it out as soon as possible!
Of course, there will be times where other Sugar Substitutes such as stevia or erythritol will be more suitable for a recipe, but the majority of my recipes at least contain agave nectar.
How Agave Reacts In Your Baking
Using Agave in your baking is very similar to using maple syrup or honey.
I recommend that you use equal portions of Agave when substituting it for sugar in your recipes.
So if a recipe calls for 1 cup of sugar, use 1 cup of Agave Nectar instead.
Of course, because it is a liquid instead of a solid, the Agave won’t work quite as well in some recipes (especially recipes that call for brown sugar, as it won’t give the “Crunch” that brown sugar delivers).
For those recipes, I recommend you use stevia or erythritol to bridge the gap.
You can use Agave to sweeten your drinks (I often squeeze lemons and add Agave to make fresh lemonade) and you won’t have to feel guilty about what you are eating!
Did I mention that Agave Nectar is 25% sweeter than sugar?
Compared to even other natural Sweeteners (such as Stevia, which is good for you but unless you get the Herbal Advantage stevia brand, it has a nasty aftertaste), Agave Nectar has the best taste out of all of them.
You can use it to sweeten almost anything, and it will make living with a disease such as Diabetes just that much easier.
As for myself, I would say it has practically saved my life; I love my sweets so much I would have just eaten them anyways, even if they made me sick!