Agave syrup use, calories and recipes


Agave syrup is a great choice for diabetics

Agave plant is best known for being used in the production of tequila, an internationally famous drink, but it has also been used for thousands of years as an important ingredient in the diet. Agave syrup also known as honey water among the locals is made from the same plant in Mexico. Aztecs extremely appreciated this plant and they considered it to be a gift from the gods and they used this precious liquid from the plant to make their food and drinks tastier.

Today, all major good qualities of agave nectar are known and so it is increasingly used as a natural sweetener instead of sugar, which has a bad reputation. Health conscious consumers, many doctors and people who want to be healthy should regularly use agave syrup.

Blue agave plant has extraordinary healing properties

Agave syrup is a natural alternative to artificial sweeteners and unhealthy refined sugar. The precious honey water is obtained from blue agave, a succulent plant that grows in Mexico. Its nectar can be used as a topping for pancakes, filling in many fruit salads or ice cream.

The Aztecs used agave syrup mixed with salt as a poultice for wounds and skin infections, which is still widely used in Central America as a national traditional medicine. Also, modern medicine has confirmed the healing properties of this plant through numerous studies.

Agave syrup appeared to be very efficient against pyogenic bacteria (those which produce the manure) such as Staph aureus. Adding salt to the honey water, we get even better protection against microbes. Agave nectar is also proven effective in fighting bacteria in the intestines.

Agave plant contains calcium, magnesium, vitamin D, so it is good for the prevention of osteoporosis, which is unfortunately a major problem of modern life and often affects young people. Also it contains inulin, which is associated with weight loss, because it has a low glycaemic index, and promotes satiety. Agave syrup affects the lowering of blood cholesterol levels and reduces the risk of several types of cancer.

Agave syrup does not contain starch, so it is suitable for use in people intolerant to gluten. It contains fibre, so that it affects the digestive system and promotes better work. Fructan and saponin strengthens the entire immune system and gives honey water anti-inflammatory effect, and it helps in the fight against various bacteria. Fructans are useful in obesity and diabetes, they reduce the levels of harmful intestinal bacteria, help with constipation and reduce the risk of bowel cancer.

Does agave syrup has calories

Tablespoon of agave nectar contains about 60 calories, while a tablespoon of sugar contains 40 calories. It seems that the sugar is a better choice – isn't it? However, when you realize that honey water is almost one and a half times sweeter than white sugar, it is logical then it is a far better option. Simply agave syrup will be used in much less quantities to get the same effect and will strengthen the immune system and you will do a lot in terms of your health!

It can replace sugar in cakes which are baked. In addition to its use in a variety of recipes, agave syrup has a variety of applications in treatment. However, remember that it still has a high calorie content so excessive use can lead to rapid weight gain and tooth decay.


What is the glycaemic index of honey water?

People who use agave syrup, claim that it is much better for diabetics than sugar or honey, because of its low glycaemic index, which favours them. GI, measures the effects of foods containing carbohydrates on blood glucose levels. Agave plant contains fructose, which does not affect much the total sugar content in the blood, so its GI index is very small.

The carbohydrate content in one small teaspoon of sugar is the same as in a teaspoon of agave syrup, four grams. To control your intake of carbohydrates and keep healthy blood sugar levels, control the intake of honey water, in the same way as you would control the intake of sugar or honey.

How to utilize agave syrup in recipes

We have prepared some outstanding suggestions in which the main star is agave syrup, so let’s start with the first:

Low-calorie cake with agave syrup

This cake can be enjoyed by diabetics and those watching their calorie intake.

Ingredients:

For main part
  • 100g of wholemeal flour
  • 50g of butter
  • 25g of agave syrup
  • 1 egg yolk
  • pinch of salt

Filling
  • 250g of soy yogurt (plain or fruit that you prefer)
  • 45g of agavinog syrup
  • 1 lime
  • 100g of cream
  • 1 sachet of gelatine
  • Fruit for garnish (according to taste)

Preparing the cake:

Mix all the ingredients for the substrate in a bowl. Knead the dough with a mixer, form a ball and wrap in foil, and put in the fridge for half an hour. Use mould diameter of 18 cm, which needs to be slightly oiled. Use your fingers to distribute the dough in the mould, so that it gets over the rims of the mould about 2 to 3 cm in height. Poke the dough with a fork or toothpick. The surface will be covered with baking paper and baked like that, on which you put a few beans. Put it in the preheated oven, and bake at 175 degrees for 20 minutes. Allow the surface to cool and then remove the ring of the mould.

Add 6 tablespoons of water to gelatine and let it stand for 10 minutes. Whip the sweet cream in a sturdy cream. Squeeze the lime juice and grate a little rind. Agave syrup and soy yogurt mix with juice and lime rind. We recommend blueberry soy yogurt that will give a wonderful aroma and colour. Swollen gelatine defrost in the microwave or on the stove, but do not boil it. Mix with soy yogurt and add the cream and mix all together with wire until it unites. Pour onto the crust, but not to the very top so as not to leak. Dispose of it in the fridge to tighten.

This cake with honey-water is sufficient for 6 people, if you need more, double the ingredients and use a larger mould. When the cake has cooled decorate it with fruits of your choice.
Healthy delicious bars with agave nectar

Ingredients:
  • 100g of dates
  • 50g of dried apricots
  • 50g of raisins
  • 50g of dried cranberries
  • 1 tablespoon of peanut butter
  • ¼ tablespoon of ground cinnamon
  • 5 tablespoons of agave syrup
  • 50g of walnuts
  • 50g of almonds

How to prepare it:

Dried fruit crush in a blender or an electric shredder. Add peanut butter, cinnamon, agave syrup and stir well. Transfer the mixture into a mould (30 x 10 cm) which you have previously lined with baking paper. Then distribute it evenly and add at the end walnuts and almonds. Cover with foil and let it stand in refrigerator for 3-4 hours.

When you remove it, cut all the bars, or keep them in the fridge until serving. An alternative option is to pour the mixture with a hundred grams of melted chocolate.

Excellent beverage from basil, lemon and agave

Ingredients
  • 720ml of water
  • One and a half lemon
  • 50g of agave syrup
  • 20g of fresh basil
  • A glass of ice

Preparation

Put all the ingredients in a blender. Blend it for about one minute (depending on the strength of the blender) and your healthy drink is ready.

What are the experiences of users with agave nectar?

"I use agave syrup in the daily diet, both for cooking and for sweetening yogurt and beverages. I would rather use it than sugar or honey, so I stopped buying sugar. "B. H.

"For me agave nectar is an excellent substitute for sugar because it has such a dominant taste, so it is perfect for sweetening tea and coffee. One package can last for a long time so in my case it proved to be very profitable, I got it over the Internet "J.S.

"I use agave syrup every day, because I strictly look after the intake of sugar in the body, on the advice of my doctor. It is good because with a small amount you get a very sweet taste that is sweeter than regular sugar. "M.M.

"I love agave syrup, I use it for everything. When people taste my cakes they ask me what is the magic ingredient that gives them such a wonderful taste. "L.B.

Where to buy agave nectar and what is the price

Agave syrup is still quite rare to find in specialized health food stores and herbal pharmacies, at least on the shelves, except if you in agreement with the seller order it in advance.

Fortunately today it can be ordered via the Internet, very easily. Some basic guidelines before your purchase, would be to primarily inquire whether the agave syrup is of organic origin, - because it is not the same if it is obtained from the leaves (which is better) or root of the plant. The price of agave syrup ranges from 4 to 5 dollars for a pack of 200-250 grams.

We hope you will use this text, and that agave syrup will find its rightful place in your home, especially if you are diabetic.

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