All About Agave

If you have been to our demonstration, you might have noticed us using agave nectar as the sweetener for our juices and frozen desserts. We try to keep our demonstrations Vegetarian/Vegan, meaning we stray away from using any meat, dairy, or animal products. Out of the sweeteners that are appropriate for such diets, we choose to use agave because it has a neutral flavor and doesn’t affect the taste and flavor of our recipes too much.

Now, we get a lot of different opinions about agave nectar at our booth, so we thought we’d make a post about it to clear up some misconceptions…

An agave plant

The agave plant is actually a type of succulent, and when the sap is processed, we get what is called Agave Nectar, and that is what we use in our demos. Fun fact: fermented agave = tequila!

Some people like using agave nectar because it has a low glycemic index, meaning it will not spike one’s blood pressure right away. Please note that this does not mean it will not spike your blood sugar at all; all sugars will raise your blood sugar levels, but it’s just a matter of how quickly. So even though some diabetics enjoy using agave nectar as a sweetener, it is still used sparingly.

Does this mean that agave is “healthy”? No. We don’t pretend it is, and we don’t think it’s necessary to use agave as a sweetener in your home. But is agave a terrible alternative to sugar, like some people claim? Also no. We encourage everyone to do their own research, and cross reference peer-reviewed studies about said claims. But the bottom line is: Using any type of sugar in any amount is a judgement call. We personally try not to use added sweeteners in our smoothies, but it took time for us to practice and wean off our tastebuds to appreciate smoothies without the extra sugars!

Next time, I’ll write about other sugar substitutes you may use at home! Happy blending!

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