Everyone wants to be healthy and live a long, happy life. Many believe that controlling their blood sugar by means of a low glycemic sweetener will be a great benefit to their healthy lifestyle. The market today is awash with low glycemic sugar replacement sweeteners. How can a person make the right choice? The best way to make a proper choice is to gain knowledge or education on the matter. Let’s take a look at the benefits of Organic Agave Nectar one of the most popular sugar replacements.
How is Agave Nectar Made?
Agave is made from a plant called the tequilana plant (blue agave). The leaves are harvested after a period of up to fourteen years. The juice from the leaves is extracted, heated, and filter into a simple sugar. After this process, the light amber color of the agave is achieved. There are several possible ways agave is processed. This is one of them.
What are the Benefits of Organic Agave Nectar?
* Agave dissolves quickly. This makes it the perfect complement to use in cold beverages.
* Agave is up to 1.6 times sweeter than sugar. This makes it possible to use less of it in your recipes compared to sugar.
* Light agave has a neutral flavor. This makes it excellent to use in a wide range of recipes since it will not change the flavor of your food.
* Amber or medium agave has a light caramel flavor. This makes it a great additive to certain desserts or beverages.
* Dark agave has a strong, delectable, caramel flavor and is high in minerals. This makes it a perfect enhancement for meats or other dishes in which baking requires a stronger flavor.
* Agave is a source of vitamin C and vitamin B along with various minerals.
* Agave is used by vegans. Since agave is plant-based and not animal or insect-based, vegans feel confident to use agave as a sugar replacement.
How to Use Agave
Agave comes in three different varieties, Light, Medium, and Dark. Each flavor is uniquely delicious and can be used to enhance the sweetness of your food while helping to control your blood sugar.
The flavor of light agave is compared to honey. This variety of agave can take the place of honey in food or drinks. For example, it can be used to sweeten tea, coffee, pancakes, waffles, margarita, salad dressings, cakes, sauces, etc.
Amber or Medium Agave:
Since this flavor is similar to caramel, the added caramel flavor would be excellent with a warm cup of coffee. I can think of a whole host of desserts and culinary delights that would be brought to life with an added hint of caramel flavor, such as cupcakes, brownies, cookies, toast, hot chocolate, sweet potatoes, dressings, etc.
Dark agave is enjoyed straight from the bottle on top of pancakes and waffles. Some compare the flavor of dark agave to molasses. Since agave gives an added boost to your health by helping to control your blood sugar, using agave in place of molasses in desserts, meat dishes, rich barbeque sauces, and beverages just make sense.
Here is an agave recipe that will delight your senses!
Strawberry-Rose Agua Fresca
1 lb. strawberries, save a few for garnishings
1/4 c. mint leaves, save sprig for garnishings
2 tbsp. lime juice
2 tbsp. light organic agave nectar
1 tsp. rose water
Club soda and lime wheels
Puree all ingredients (except the club soda, lime wheels, and garnishes) until smooth. Store for one hour in an airtight container. Fill glasses two-thirds full and top off with club soda. Garnish tops of glasses with strawberry, lime wheels, and a sprig of mint, and there you have it.
Your guests will absolutely rave over this sophisticated and attractively served elixir. The fact that you replaced the sugar with organic agave nectar will be your secret. Go ahead and try it out at your next gathering, and you just might make organic agave nectar your permanent sugar replacement sweetener.