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Agave Nectar - What is agave nectar?


Agave Nectar - What is agave nectar?

Agave nectar

Definition: Agave nectar is sometimes called agave syrup or agave sweetener. Agave nectar has a taste and appearance similar to honey, making it a popular substitute for strict vegans and others who avoid honey. There are two kinds of agave nectar: dark agave nectar and light. Though the two can be used interchangeably, dark agave nectar has a stronger taste.


Nutritional information:

Agave nectar is kosher, and nearly always organic and raw, and has a relatively low Glycemic Index (GI), particularly when compared to other sweeteners. Depending on the brand, the Glycemic Index of agave nectar is around 20-30, whereas honey is in the 35-65 GI range and regular sugar has a GI of 60-65. See also: Certified organic and raw agave nectar

Cooking with Agave Nectar:


Agave nectar can be substituted for honey or maple syrup in just about any recipe. Try adding agave to your tea instead of honey, or drizzling it over pancakes instead of maple syrup. Sweeten lemonade with agave instead of sugar.


Recipes using agave nectar:

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