Agave nectar is a healthy alternative to sugar and considered by many to be one of the healthiest sweeteners in the world.. Remember, a number of physicians and health professionals, including Dr. Dickinson, are recommending agave as their preferred sweetener over sugar, honey and artificial sweeteners such aspartame, sucralose and saccharin. The reason is simple: agave nectar is a low-glycemic index food (approximately 30) that will save you 25% to 40% in calories without the harmful effects of sugar and artificial sweeteners. Sugar is a high glycemic food that has no nutritional value. Honey has as high a glycemic index as sugar. Unlike sugar, agave contains natural enzymes, vitamins, minerals, including calcium and iron, and a nutritious fiber, Inulin, that studies have shown provides a number of health benefits. Studies have shown that the powerful combination of a low GI diet and a diet supplemented with inulin provides a number of significant health benefits.
Weight Loss and Management.
Agave nectar saves calories in two ways: It is sweeter than sugar, so you use less and save calories; and (2) it is a low GI food with inulin, a fiber, that moderates blood sugar levels and leaves you feeling more satisfied after consumption. You eat less and feel more satisfied.
Unlike sugar or high fructose corn syrup, agave will not “spike” your blood sugar levels and will let your body know that it is consuming calories. Agave contains fructose and inulin that help moderate and manage consistent blood sugar levels. Eating regular small meals of low GI foods can provide consistent energy all day long without feeling tired or hungry.
Enhanced Immune System.
Agave nectar and, in particular, inulin, improves your digestive health by stimulating growth and activity of the good bacteria while inhibiting growth of bad bacteria in your intestinal tract. Studies have shown that daily consumption of inulin may reduce frequency of fever, diarrhea and other illnesses causing absenteeism from work and school. Remember that 70% of your immune system is located in the gut and healthy gut means a healthy you.
Improved Bone Density.
Studies have shown that inulin enhances calcium absorption by as much as 20% and increases bone density by as much as 15%. If you are a woman, you know the importance of this especially as you age. Inulin is the only substance we know of, other than calcium, that has been shown to increase bone density.
Studies have shown that daily consumption of inulin improved both fecal weight and frequency of extrication. This is extremely important as once food is digested and makes its way to your gut, it becomes toxic. The quicker you get waste out the better and healthier you will feel and be.
Reduced Risk of Heart Disease and Type II Diabetes.
Studies have shown that low GI diets and diets rich in fiber appear to reduce the risk of heart disease, cancer and Type II Diabetes. Type II Diabetes used to be referred to as adult-onset diabetes — unfortunately, there is now a high incidence in children. In fact, recent studies suggest that 1 in 3 children born today will become diabetic. This epidemic is being caused because we, as a society, are overweight. Sixty-seven percent (67%) of Americans are overweight and at risk for one, or all, of the three major chronic diseases plaguing our society today (i.e. heart disease, cancer, and diabetes) Obesity is being caused by the over consumption of processed foods, with the primary ingredients being sugar (or high fructose corn syrup), white flour and transfats. The good news is that we can improve our chances of avoiding these diseases by maintaining appropriate weight levels through diet and exercise. The simple avoidance of sugar and white flour will have a signifiant impact on your weight and health. We strongly suggest that you avoid white flour and sugar and begin consuming whole grains and agave nectar. You will be surprised at how simple, and delicious, eating healthy can be.
Reduced Risk of Cancer.
Recent studies of animals have shown that regular consumption of inulin has reduce the size and growth of cancerous causing lesions in the lower intestine.
Consult your physician, but agave nectar has been tested and has a GI level of about 30. This puts it in the low category and is considered “friendly” for most Type II Diabetics.
The agave plants takes about 7 to 8 years to mature and the plants we use are grown under strict guidelines that meet USDA organic certification requirements. The farms and processing facility are part of a co-op of 700 farmers — we purchase our nectar from farmers that we know — not in the open market and we believe in fair trade and pay a fair price for the product. We know where our agave comes from and who grows it and the standards utilized.
Low Glycemic Index
Agave nectar is a very low glycemic index food. It is approximately 30 on the glycemic index scale. Anything below 50 is considered to be in the low category, which is recommended for a healthy diet. This low glycemic index rating also make it diabetic friendly.
Contains Inulin – a Prebiotic Fiber
Studies have shown Inulin, a prebiotic fiber, promotes the healthy function of your lower intestine. It has also been shown to promote regularity, boost the immune system, increase calcium absorption and increase bone density.
More Satisfying and Great for Dieters
The combination of low GI and inulin make agave nectar a very satisfying sweetener. Unlike sugar, honey or high fructose corn syrup, you’ll find your blood sugar levels do not spike; thereby avoiding the highs and lows of sugar and corresponding cravings and over consumption associated with roller coaster blood sugar levels.
Versatile and Easy to Cook with
Agave is highly soluble in hot or cold water, making it easy to work with in the kitchen. It is a wonderful sweetener for coffee, tea and cereal. It is also an amazing sweetener for cooking, canning and baking as evidenced by the highly-rated recipes in our cookbook “Delicious Meets Nutritious” for jams, cakes, breads, salad dressing, desserts, cookies and sauces. In addition, we provide on each bottle, our cookbook, and on our website a Sugar Exchange Table that shows how to use agave in any recipe — it truly is the Complete Sugar Replacement™.
Contains Calcium – Iron and other Vitamins and Minerals
Agave nectar is a natural and organic certified product, derived from the agave plant. The nectar is processed, in order to prevent fermentation, at temperatures that do not exceed 117°F which is considered “Raw” by most standards. It is not derived from an animal and is appropriate for a vegan diet. Due to its raw condition, agave retains its naturally occurring vitamins and minerals and has a particularly high concentration of calcium — 17% of daily requirements in one (1) tablespoon.