Here is my latest little find…Agave Nectar. It’s a nice natural sweetener to add to your repertoire. Compared to honey it is not as thick and is more mild in flavor, which I like for some purposes. The gycemic load and gycemic index of agave nectar are lower, which is good for those with diabetes.
But let’s talk health claims for a moment. Agave nectar is not necessarily healthier than other sugars. I actually bought it initially because I heard it was better for you (not good for you, just not as bad). Well, it’s about as healthy as sugar. Or even high-fructose corn syrup, for that matter (HFCS and agave nectar have very similar composition). I suppose the lower glycemic index and gylcemic load is a good thing, but high levels of fructose, which agave nectar has, is not so great for you. It all ends up coming out in the wash.
But I still like it. It’s a nice alternative to have in the cupboard. We’ve enjoyed using it to sweeten oatmeal (it’s much cheaper than pure maple syrup) and yogurt, and Cate likes it on her toast!