Agave nectar is a sweetener derived from the sap of the agave plant, which is native to Mexico and South Africa. This nectar is often used as a Vegan alternative to honey and has a caramel flavour to it. The strength of flavour agave nectar has depends on the darkness of the syrup, if it is pale it will only have a subtle caramel flavour, whereas the darker variations have a very distinct caramel flavour and are often used in cooking. The sugar content in agave nectar is often roughly 50% fructose and 20% glucose, making it one and a half times sweeter than regular sugar.
As it is sweeter than sugar, less is needed to achieve the equivalent sweetness.
Risks and Side Effects
Foods high in fructose may potentially lead to insulin resistance and metabolic syndrome.
Agave nectar is often used as a substitute for honey. It can be added to cold drinks like iced tea as a sweetener, or drizzled over porridge, cereal or pancakes, and used in baking.
Dark agave syrups are often used in marinades and sauces for meat and meat products.
Agave products we have available can be found here.
Recipes using agave can be found here.
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