>I have spoken on agave for recipes that call for sugar. I use it instead of sugar because it has a low glycemic threshold, which means it does not spike your bloodstream with that sugar zap like regular sugar does!Here are some tips on agave from David Grotto, RD in his book: 101 Foods that Could Save Your Life:
Agave was cultivated by Native Americans.. In the seventeenth century, the Portuguese and Spaniards brought agave back to Europe from the Americas.
The Spaniards are credited for fermenting the juices from the agave plant and creating what we now know as tequila!
Agave has been increasingly popular in the United States as an alternative sweetener to sugar.
Why should you eat Agave?
Agave is Frutose, and therefore it does not impact blood glucose (glycemic) levels in your blood.
Agave also contains a complex form of frutose called inulin, a type of friendly bacteria that digests inulin to produce short-chained fatty acids that have been shown to fight colon cancer. Agave also contains sapogenins, which have an anti-inflammatory and anti-cancer properties.
And because frutose is sweeter, you need less of it in your recipes!
Anti-inflammatory: In an animal study, they found that those who were treated with the extract of agave leaves orally and topically, had less inflammation that the control group.
Antimicrobial: Agave has been found to contain substances that can reduce the growth of yeasts, mold, and life threatening bacteria.
Cancer- Killing Activity: Human cell studies have found that saponin and other components of agave can interrupt the cycle of cancer cells.
Make your own Agave Syrup!
1 10 ounce pack of frozen mixed berries
1/2 cup agave syrup
1 tsp vanilla extract
1/2 cup water
Combine berries, syrup, vanilla extract and water in a sauce pan and cook to a boil. Let simmer for about 20 minutes, until thickened.
Serve over pancakes.
Calories 95 no fat, no cholesterol,75 mg sodium, 24 carbs, 1 gram fiber, 21 grams sugar, 0 protein
Tqken in part from: Grotto, D (2011) 101 Foods That Could Save Your Life. New York, NY. Bantam