Mar 6, 2014
Agave nectar exploded onto the food scene and quickly became one of the hottest alternative sweeteners for Americans. In Mexico, where it is known as ‘honey water’, it has been used as sweetener for centuries. America has only recently jumped on the agave bandwagon.
Agave nectar is a concentrated sugar syrup derived from the juice of the agave plant. Blue agave, which has a very high carbohydrate content, is the most popular species of agave used to make the nectar. Agave is also the plant used to make the popular Mexican spirit, tequila.
But Is Agave Healthy?
New research suggests that agave may not be as good for you as originally thought.
But what about agave’s supposed health benefits?
The bottom line is that refined agave sweeteners are not inherently healthier than sugar, honey, high-fructose corn syrup, or any other sweetener. Nutritionally and functionally, agave syrup is similar to high-fructose corn syrup and sucrose (Karo) syrup. It does contain small amounts of calcium, potassium, and magnesium, but not enough to matter nutritionally.