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Agave

Agave grows mainly in Mexico, it can also be found in all hot and dry regions. There are more than 100 varieties, they resemble yuccas and the aloe-vera family. But it is blue agave, the agavecar piña, or agave tequilana, which we are going to talk about: It is this particular plant that goes into the composition of tequila and mescal, but also agave syrup.
Agave syrup is a natural sweetener, obtained from the extraction of the sap, which grows on the volcanic soils of southern Mexico.

Agave, and the Aztecs:
Agave nectar or syrup has been used for a long time in Mexico, already known in the days of the Aztecs who appreciated its sweet and light taste. This syrup is also called agave nectar, “aguamiel” or “honey water” because it is more liquid than honey. The Aztecs used this syrup to improve food and drink but also gave the agave as an offering to the gods. Agave was also used for therapeutic purposes.

Agave syrup makes anti-glucose a new fashion:

Agave syrup is a natural sweetener. Extracted from agave and with a very low glycemic index, ideal for anyone who wants to limit their glucose consumption. Too much sugar, especially refined sugar, is not good for you. However, the annual consumption of refined sugar reaches 70 kg per person. So much sugar is a factor that increases the risk of developing cancer and arteriosclerosis.

Agave has a high sweetening power and yet its glycemic index is very low (15) compared to that of white sugar (70) or honey (85), but this depends on the cultivation method and the manufacturing process. Our light agave syrup is also less caloric than white sugar (300 kCal for 100 g against 400 kCal for white sugar)

Nutritional qualities:

2 tablespoons of agave syrup replace 100 g of sugar without losing taste, it has 40% more sweetening power than sucrose while providing fewer calories. Agave syrup naturally contains:

  • iron
  • calcium
  • potassium
  • magnesium
  • mineral salts
  • silica which, together with calcium, plays an important role in preventing decalcification and osteoporosis that lurk with age

The benefits to our health:

Consuming agave syrup as a traditional sugar substitute for people who are overweight or have high cholesterol or triglyceride levels.

The use of agave syrup as a substitute for sugar makes it possible to avoid a sudden rise in blood sugar levels and therefore a spike in blood sugar levels in the blood (insulinemic spike – hypoglycemic hormone secreted in response to an increase in blood sugar levels. ).

Agave syrup is less cariogenic than refined sugar. In other words, eat more agave and you will have less cavities than with white sugar.