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agave as sweetener

anyone tried it? i just saw bottles of it on the shelf where honey was located.

is it healthy enough for acne sufferers?

im curious. i always see it as an ingredient used by "raw" vegans.

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i think its supposed to cause the same insulin spike as other sugars ...

Actually, it doesn't, that's why it's considered a good alternative to other sweeteners. Agave nectar is only a 19-35 on the glycemic index. It even says on the bottle: suitable for diabetics.

I've used it for about 5-6 years and it's great; you only need a very small amount. I use it in my tea in the morning.

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Agave is so good - its addicting.

I love it -- once you taste it, you can never go back to honey. It has a very light yet extra sweet taste -- not overpowering.

I used it when getting off white sugar. I had a teaspoon of agave each day. I sometimes use it on unsweetened breakfast cereal if I'm in a rush.

I love it :)

I was introduced to it at a Raw-vegan retreat -- and I can see why they use it. Once my friends tasted it, they ran out and purchased it too :).

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it comes from a plant that's why vegans use it.

it's pretty sweet so you only need a tiny amount

and like someone said, it's low on the glycemic index so you're okay with it.

I use it and it's pretty great. Better than honey.

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sounds great, although it's a lot more expensive than honey over here. might try soon. im guessin it's cheaper than stevia?

thanks guys for the info, btw. :)

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Tastewise, I prefer honey and maple syrup, or evaporated cane juice (which is brown, unrefined sugar). Sugar-wise, agave syrup is closer to high fructose corn syrup then anything else... that's basically what it is, a high fructose sweetener so it doesn't cause much of an insulin spike but causes other problems.

But in the real world I don't use any of these, or atleast pretty rarely. If I need to sweeten a dinner dish or a green smoothie, I just use stevia.

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Tastewise, I prefer honey and maple syrup, or evaporated cane juice (which is brown, unrefined sugar). Sugar-wise, agave syrup is closer to high fructose corn syrup then anything else... that's basically what it is, a high fructose sweetener so it doesn't cause much of an insulin spike but causes other problems.

But in the real world I don't use any of these, or atleast pretty rarely. If I need to sweeten a dinner dish or a green smoothie, I just use stevia.

so, healthwise, i guess stevia is still superior to all these syrups?

thanks rs.

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Yeah, stevia wins over everything because there's zero insulin spike and zero inflammation as a result. Just a plain old herb from your friendly South Americans.

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Yeah but Stevia tastes very licoricie......with Agave nectar, you only need a tiny bit because it is so sweet. If you use it in moderation (I use probably half a teaspoon to a teaspoon in my tea everyday), you shouldn't have any problems.

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i think its supposed to cause the same insulin spike as other sugars ...

Actually, it doesn't, that's why it's considered a good alternative to other sweeteners. Agave nectar is only a 19-35 on the glycemic index. It even says on the bottle: suitable for diabetics.

I've used it for about 5-6 years and it's great; you only need a very small amount. I use it in my tea in the morning.

Thanks for putting me straight. Is it good for baking?

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i think its supposed to cause the same insulin spike as other sugars ...

Actually, it doesn't, that's why it's considered a good alternative to other sweeteners. Agave nectar is only a 19-35 on the glycemic index. It even says on the bottle: suitable for diabetics.

I've used it for about 5-6 years and it's great; you only need a very small amount. I use it in my tea in the morning.

Thanks for putting me straight. Is it good for baking?

Yeah, from what I understand, you can use it in baking like you would honey. I never have done that, though, so I can't testify to whether or not heating it degrades the flavor or whatever....but I would think that it wouldn't.

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