Yeah, yeah, yeah, you heard it before. Sugar is the devil. But sometimes your sweet tooth just has a mind of its own. So you pick up a bottle of agave nectar because everyone, including your mom and Sarah Palin, is raving about how healthy it is. But then you start hearing some confusing rumors that it's not all it's cracked up to be. Before you send it packing, here's the lowdown.
What is agave nectar? It comes from the same cactus-like plant from which tequila is made, but it won't give you a hangover. The sap is extracted, filtered, and then heated at a low temperature, which turns it into a sugary syrup. You can find it in several varieties: light, amber, dark, and raw varieties. Light agave has the flavor of honey, while dark has a deeper flavor like maple syrup - some say the former is better because it isn't as processed.
Is It Healthy? Depending on how it is processed, agave has a lower glycemic index than most sweeteners, making it less likely to raise your bloodRead More »from The Great Agave Debate: Is Agave Nectar All That Bad?