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Cooking With Agave Nectar

Do You Use Agave Nectar?

In an attempt to eat clean, I've been using the product known as agave nectar in dishes and drinks, from cocktails to chicken teriyaki. Agave's got a similar caloric load to sugar but is sweeter, so you'll use about 40 percent less. It also has a lower glycemic index rating, which means it'll keep you feeling full longer and doesn't cause a spike in blood sugar.

I love that it's less messy to cook with than honey yet tastes similar to sugar. But FitSugar cautions me from going too crazy, as the jury's still out on the sweetener. She says it's pretty processed and full of fructose sugar and recommends honey or maple as more natural alternatives. Do you buy it?

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amber512 amber512 6 years
Or even maple syrup if you like that!
danakscully64 danakscully64 6 years
Ash, I wouldn't stress too much about the difference between agave and honey. If you like agave, just stick with that :)
ash2asl ash2asl 6 years
This makes me SO sad!! I HATE honey, like with a passion, I can only eat it with peanut butter and fruit. But I love agave nectar!! I thought it was supposed to be healthier. I havent been able to get to my usual place to buy agave nectar so i've been stuck using honey when I can stand it. Maybe I'll keep experimenting with honey and learn to love it, and use agave every once and a while
danakscully64 danakscully64 6 years
I love it, especially in vegan Baklava!!!
amber512 amber512 6 years
For the reasons listed I stick to pure honey.
Susannah-Chen Susannah-Chen 6 years
I still use agave nectar because it has a lower glycemic index — but I don't really think of it as "healthier" (and definitely not "less processed") than sugar.
Katie-Sweeney Katie-Sweeney 6 years
I use agave in margaritas!
Vanonymous Vanonymous 6 years
I used to use agave, but for the reasons mentioned above by Fit - I now use maple syrup most often (followed by honey).
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