OK…so if you want to eliminate sugar from your diet but don’t know what to do…we have the solution. We have never used white sugar in our house so we have always been experimenting in the kitchen with new recipes and ways to sweeten things naturally.
We have been so excited about recently coming across a natural sweetener called Agave. There are facts about the sweetener below and it is pretty amazing! It is low on the Glycemic Index so even diabetics can have it. Plus there are actually health benefits!!
We recently purchased a cookbook that has TONS of amazing recipes that are actually EASY–no lie! I am so excited about this because most healthy recipes are so difficult and time consuming. With three little kids under 6, homeschooling, doing a home business, and other life responsibilities time is a precious commodity!
The cookbook is by Stephen Richards and is called Delicious Meets Nutritious (I think it’s $27). You can order at www.zoeway.com. Check out the Agave facts below from Zoeway’s blogspot and see for yourself if you are not convinced! Make the switch today and improve your health! You can also get the Agave Sweetener from her as well at the best price around. If you are local, she delivers to Dr. Josh Axe’s office. To order directly, call Rhonda Holmberg at 615-331-3136.
Quick Facts About Agave:– it is 1.4 times sweeter than sugar so you use less to achieve the same level of sweetness.
Sweeter than Sugar
Tastes Great– natural organic sweetener. No bitter after taste – it tastes like sugar syrup
Saves Calories-agave can be used in all of your favorite recipes. Typically, you will substitute 1/2 cup of agave for every cup of sugar called for. In addition, the inulin permits the reduction of fats in baked items which significantly reduces calories even further.
Easy to Cook With-agave can be used hot or cold, making it easy to work with in the kitchen. It is a wonderful sweetener for coffee, tea and cereal. It is also an amazing sweetener for cooking, canning and baking for jams, cakes, breads, salad dressing, desserts, cookies and sauces.
Low Glycemic Index and diabetic friendly – agave is a very low glycemic index food. It is approximately 30 on the glycemic index scale. Anything below 50 is considered to be in the low category, which is recommended for a healthy diet and diabetic friendly. Unlike sugar, honey or high fructose corn syrup, agave does not spike blood sugar levels; thereby avoiding the highs and lows of sugar and corresponding cravings and over consumption associated with roller coaster blood sugar levels.
Contains Calcium, Iron and other Vitamins and Minerals- agave is a natural and organic certified product, derived from the root of the agave plant. The nectar is processed, in order to prevent fermentation, at temperatures that do not exceed 117 degrees which is considered “raw” by most standards. Xagave is appropriate for a vegan diet. Due to its raw condition, Xagave retains its naturally occurring vitamins and minerals and has a particularly high concentration of calcium — 17% of daily requirements in one (1) tablespoon.
Contains Inulin- a Prebiotic Fiber which promotes healthy function of the lower intestine. It has also been shown to promote regularity, boost the immune system, increase calcium absorption and increase bone density.