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Cooking with agave nectar

Many people are trying to avoid sugar in their diet. Sugar can be addicting and also have negative effects on your body as it digests. For dieters, and anyone who wants to maintain a steady blood sugar level, avoiding sweets, sugars, and other high-glycemic foods is a must. But, you also want to be able to enjoy some sweet things in life, like cookies, cake, and other goodies. Agave nectar is a great alternative to regular white sugar and it won't spike your blood sugar like other sweeteners will.

Agave nectar is derived from the Agave plant, a cactus-like plant that grows in the dry, Mexico region. This syrup is very sweet, with a consistency like thin honey. It mixes well with cold and hot drinks and can also be substituted for sugar in recipes. Agave nectar is low-glycemic, which makes it a great option for those who are trying to watch their sugar intake. It also digests more slowly, which prevents a spike in your blood sugar.

If you want to use agave nectar in your cooking, it is important to note that it is approximately twice as sweet as white sugar. When baking or using it for other cooking, you can safely use half of what the recipe calls for. If you’re nervous about it not being sweet enough, try using three-quarters of the amount until you get used to the substitutions. It is also important to remember that you will need to decrease the liquid in your recipes by about a quarter of what is required.

Most grocery stores in the Lakewood area carry agave nectar in the same section as the honey and it costs about the same as well. Try checking at your neighborhood King Soopers, Vitamin Cottage or Costco.

Give it a try. It is a very easy ingredient to work with, and you won’t be disappointed with the results. Plus, knowing that you are doing something healthy for your body will make you not feel as guilty about having that cookie after dinner!




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