Some say that the health claims of agave are just hype. I disagree. If you’re trying to minimize your family’s sugar intake, in my opinion organic blue agave is the way to go. If you watch the Dr. Oz show, you know that the doc recommends consuming raw Organic Blue Agave as a sugar substitute. I concur. My alternative health doctor also recommends using it in place of sugar. She’s been treating patients for years successfully helping them beat sugar addictions.
I’ve tried Splenda, Stevia and other sugar substitutes and nothing compares to agave.
What is Agave?
Agave nectar comes from a plant commonly found in Mexico. It’s the same plant that is used to make tequila. The nectar from the agave plant is extracted to create a sweetener that’s very low on the glycemic index. That’s great for diabetics. It’s also sweeter so you don’t need to use as much as you would sugar.
Agave syrup is available in different colors: light, nectar and amber.
Not All Agave is The Same
Just like with any food, how it’s processed and where it comes from is important. You don’t want to consume agave that’s been processed with chemicals or other pollutants. There’s also white agave and blue agave.
The first brand of Agave I tried was from Trader Joe’s. It was absolutely delicious. It was a blue agave and costs slightly over $3 for an 8 ounce bottle.
The next brand I tried was Madhava Agave Nectar. I’m not sure if this is white or blue agave but it was good. It was the most expensive of the 5 brands I’ve tried though.
I also tried Whole Foods brand of organic blue agave and this was by far the worst tasting in my opinion. It was also expensive.
The fourth brand I tried was by a company called Izzy’s Organic. This brand was the best tasting. It’s right up there with Trader Joe’s and it’s only $4.99 for a 23 ounce bottle, making it the most cost effective. Hence, this is my brand of choice.
The last brand of organic blue agave I tasted was by a company called Wholesome. This was similar in taste and price to the Whole Foods brand. I would never buy either of these again. An important reason is these two brands were dark in color and therefore processed longer. The longer processing brings out a stronger flavor.
While no brand of agave is exactly the same due to extraction methods and other factors, you should try various brands for yourself. You can find the various brands in supermarkets. This way you’ll get a taste for what you prefer. I prefer the lighter nectars for taste.
For more information on agave, here’s a site with more detail: http://blog.xagave.com/tag/agave
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