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Organic Agave Syrup (250ml)

Reviewed by Andrea Jenkins

Organic Agave Syrup

Organic Agave Syrup

Supplier : Rob Harrewyn Organics

Rob Harrewyn Organics

Agave nectar is an exciting sweetener recently become available in South Africa. It is naturally extracted from the cactus like plant, Agave which is native to Mexico. This is the same cactus that produces Tequila. Agave syrup, however, comes from the sap of the plant which is collected and processed by heat to create a sweet fructose-rich syrup. The fructose-rich solution is then filtered to obtain the desired products that range from dark syrup with a characteristic vanilla aroma, to a light amber liquid with more neutral characteristics.

Sucrose is 50 percent each of glucose and fructose. Honey is about the same, plus much fructose in free form. Agave Nectar has a 76% fructose (fruit sugar) level. Fructose is a slow-release carbohydrate, which means the body absorbs it more slowly and doesn’t need oodles of insulin to break it down. This means that it does not significantly raise blood sugar levels and you do not get the extreme highs and lows associated with sugar intake. A slower glycemic response results is more satisfying and healthier due to it not being as readily stored as fat. A lower glycemic index also makes it more acceptable for people with diabetes and hyperglycemia. Because of its sweetness in comparison to table sugar, up to 40% less agave is used in formulations – these savings translate to a lower calorie product.

Another reason Agave Nectar keeps blood sugar levels more balanced is due to it containing more vitamins and minerals than those found in processed sweeteners. Dark agave syrup retains more minerals, whereas the light syrup goes through a fine filtration process to remove some natural solids. The advantage of the lighter syrup is that it can be used in a large variety of recipes without any changes to taste.
This particular brand of Agave Nectar is a lighter syrup. Dark Agave Nectar is not presently available.

To summarise: The primary strengths of agave are that it is a relatively unrefined sugar that retains micronutrients, is pleasant to taste and easy to use. Plus, it’s sweeter than table sugar because its sweetness derives from fructose allowing for lower calorie formulations and lower overall calorie intake without sacrificing the pleasure of eating.

It is suitable for:

• Vegetarians
• Vegans
• Diabetics
• Kids
• Low cholesterol dieters
• Wheat and gluten-free bodies
• Kosher

Nutritional Analysis per 100g

Energy 1230kj / 294 kcal
Protein 0g
Carbohydrate 73g
Fat 0g
Fibre 0g
Sodium 0g

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