Wednesday, February 6, 2008

Agave Nectar

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I'm sort of cheating on WFMW today because I already posted this at my other blog, Meatless Munchies. But every day I drink my coffee I feel like I should be shouting this off of the rooftops how wonderful this stuff is. So I'm posting it here, too. :)


I had a dilemma. A sugar dilemma. We all know sugar is bad. Not just for our bodies but for the fact that most of it is processed through animal bone and that makes me sort of feel icky. (I did learn, though, that Florida Crystals which is the company that provides most of the sugar in my area and I can literally drive a mile to bask in the endless fields of sugar cane they grow does not use animal bone to process their sugar. Yay for them!) So I'm trying to decrease the amount of processed sugar I take in.

Then there was Equal. Aspartame. I've heard so many evils about aspartame I could write a book. In fact, I think people have written books. Oh look, yes they have. So that was out.

Next I looked into Sweet N Low. Saccharin. Cancer causing saccharin. What a deceiving little pink packet! Who coats cancer in baby pink?

Then we have Splenda. Sucralose. My current chemical of choice. Sucralose has been found to cause a shrunken thymus gland and therefore lower immunity and also enlarges the liver. Yipee... next.

There is also Stevia which evidently isn't bad for you but I find the taste to be nose scrunching.

So yesterday while shopping I noticed this Blue Agave Sweetener located next to the honey. I figured, what the heck? It's even vegan! It does have calories but a really low glycemic index (27) so definitely not bad like sugar.

Today I sort of forgot I bought it actually. I had my first cup of coffee the way I always do. Splenda with Fat Free Creamer. Bring on the chemicals! But then I went for a second cup and as I was reaching again for the Splenda I remembered. So I grabbed the new Agave stuff.

I squirted a bit into my cup... probably about 1/2 a tablespoon so only 30 calories. I stirred, I tasted.

It is heaven. I didn't even need the creamer. The syrup took all the bitterness out of the coffee and made a nice smooth sweet beverage. Delicious. I can't wait to try it in other stuff!

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Melissa said...[Reply to comment]

syrup and coffee going together? Interesting :) Glad to hear it works!

Kelley said...[Reply to comment]

I just recently learned about agave nectar too. I've read that it's better for diabetics because of the low-glycemic index. I will definitely get some to try at our house very soon.

Anonymous said...[Reply to comment]

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Anonymous said...[Reply to comment]

Thanks sandy for that link and code. I just recieved my order and tried it is delciously sweet. Thanks.

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Anonymous said...[Reply to comment]

Agave "nectar" is simply refined fructose, and is often watered down with HFCS. There is nothing healthy about this product.

Unknown said...[Reply to comment]

Thanks for the tip, Anonymous. I'll look into this at some point in the future.