Thursday, December 1, 2011

Thursday’s Side Dish: Blue Agave Natural Sweetener

An even healthier sugar substitute
Tired of sugar, sucrose, and other artificial sweeteners? Blue agave has a lower glycemic indec per serving compared to sugar. This sweetener is produced from the Mexican agave plant. Agave syrup can be likened to honey based on its flavor, fluid consistency, and strength as a sweetener. Look for a light, dark, and golden varieties. The agave plant has to reach an age of six to seven years of age before farmers can harvest this plant’s leaves to retrieve and process agave syrup. Vegetarians prefer this sweetener as a vegan substitute for honey. Consumers can add portions to their favorite food recipes or mixed beverages. Agave syrup naturally contains magnesium and iron.

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