Saturday, January 01, 2011

Ohgave! Raw Blue Agave Nectar

I've read about the benefits of agave syrup, as a better atlternative to sugar, it's lower on the Glycemic Index, and it's sweeter, so you can use less (and save calories. The sugar in agave syrup is a complex form of fructose, the sugar in fruits and vegetables, called inulin. This agave syrup from Ohgave! is made from blue agave from Mexico, and is processed in such a way that it retains its health benefits, and can be considered a "raw" food. Agave syrup can be used in a similar manner to any other liquid sugar, honey, maple syrup, brown rice syrup, corn syrup (this last one is just as bad health-wise as table sugar). Agave can be also used as a substitute for granulated sugars, but, as it is sweeter, and a liquid, you might have to adjust the recipe. It does, though, work in a similar manner in food preparation, as opposed to artificial sweeteners. The taste is more subtle, and less likely to overwhelm other flavours. I see also, that, unlike honey, it is a good sweetener for babies (albeit, they shouldn't really have any sugar, or much). Try it out, you'll be pleasantly surprised.

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