Main benefits of agave


Agave is a plant native to areas of the Americas like Mexico and the Caribbean. Agave nectar comes from the blue agave plant, as well as Agave americana, also known as maguey.

Agave nectar is widely used as a sweeter that is alternative to sugar. Agave nectar is sweeter than sugar, so with less quantity, you can have the same effect. The advantage of agave nectar is that it’s more natural than other sweeteners and it is vegan.

A tablespoon of agave nectar has approximately 60 calories, 16 grams of carbohydrates, and 16 grams of sugar, but it also has small amounts of vitamins like B2, B6,B9 and K.

One of the main advantages of agave is its low glycemic index. A low glycemic index diet may help you control blood sugar.

Agave also helps improve your metabolism because of the B6 vitamin present in it. This vitamin has a major role in how the body breaks down proteins and carbohydrates.

Some accounts claim that vitamin B6 reduces morning sickness in pregnant people. Also, vitamin k and folate in the syrup have been linked to decreased risk of depression.

In addition, due to its nature, the Agave Syrup contains fructans, which are complex chains of fructose that work as a prebiotic fiber. 

The prebiotic fiber has a very important role on the daily diet, since evidence show that it is the food of the beneficial bacteria of the colon, and it provides benefits such as: protects the immunological system, improves the absorption of vitamins and minerals, enhances the respiratory system functions, among others.

Agave syrup is used in multiple applications, for example, the baking industry, where desserts are made using this alternative to sugar and allowing for diabetic people to enjoy these sweet treats.

Veganism is trending, and vegan people don’t consume honey from honeybees, so agave syrup is an ideal alternative to incorporate in a vegan diet.

As a sweetener, agave is 1.3x sweeter than sugar, so the equivalent for baking is to use 2/3 cup of agave syrup to one cup of white or brown sugar. All other liquids in the recipe must be reduced by ¼ cup.

Keep your agave syrup in a tightly closed container, store it at room temperature in a cool and dry place, protected from light. In order to keep its properties, the syrup must not exceed 30°C and it should not be frozen.


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