The birthplace of the blue agave, from which they makeA well-known all over the world drink of tequila, is Mexico. Juice for its preparation is obtained from large fruits of the plant, reaching a weight of 90 kilograms. Now more and more often this drought-resistant plant is grown in domesticated conditions. They use blue agave not only for obtaining tequila, but also for making a tasty and useful syrup.
Syrup, or nectar, agave appeared on the shelves of domestic storesrelatively recently, but immediately received the recognition of supporters of healthy eating. Later, he was appreciated by those who actively struggle with excess weight.
Agave syrup resembles honey in a consistency. But the taste of nectar is a bit different, special. Sweet syrup has a pronounced creamy flavor with pleasant notes of caramel. It is good as an independent product, and as one of the ingredients in desserts and pastries.
Agave syrup contains a large amountnecessary vitamins: A, group B, E, K, PP. Quite a few important minerals in it, such as potassium, calcium, magnesium, sodium, zinc, copper, iron, phosphorus, selenium and manganese. Such a rich composition makes it possible to use agave syrup as an effective immunomodulating agent. It is not only a natural, but also a useful substitute for sugar.
Agave syrup does not contain proteins, fats - less than 1 gram, carbohydrates - 75 grams.
Caloric content of agave syrup is 310 kcal in 100 grams. This is even less than that contained in ordinary sugar - 370 kcal. And this is not the only advantage of nectar derived from the agave plant.
Its juice has a glycemic index of about 20-27units. This low value of the indicator is due to the composition of the product. It contains 90% fructose with a low glycemic index and 10% glucose. That is why agave syrup is positioned as a diabetic product. For comparison, the glycemic index of sugar is 70 units.
Thanks to the rich vitamin-mineral composition, agave syrup is very useful for the body. It even has a number of advantages over other sweeteners.
Excessive use of nectar can lead to rapid weight gain, cause diarrhea and abdominal pain.
Contraindications to the use of syrup are diseases of the liver and gall bladder, type 1 diabetes mellitus and diseases associated with impaired hormone production.
The color of agave syrup may differ dependingfrom the time of its preparation. The longer the nectar is evaporated, the more dense and dark it turns out. The taste qualities of a product of different colors are also different.
Agave syrup has not yet become widespread in Russia. But the buyers who tried it, do not forget to leave feedback about the product. Positive comments confirm that syrup:
Customers like the taste of the product, and its effect on the body.
Positive feedback prevails over negative comments, which means that the syrup is one of the best sugar substitutes available on the market.
One of the drawbacks of agave syrup is the price. Not everyone can afford to buy this product, despite all its positive taste and useful qualities. On average, the price for a small bottle of 300 ml is 400-500 rubles. In comparison with the cost of sugar is very much. And even considering that agave syrup is sweeter, it still turns out to be quite expensive.
The best option for buying nectar -order it in foreign online stores. In this case, you can save at least a hundred rubles and get a natural product produced directly in Mexico.
Agave syrup is a real sweetener. It is added to tea and coffee, used instead of sugar in the preparation of other hot and cold drinks, various cocktails, kissels, compotes.
Agave syrup is a tasty and useful alternativesugar. Using it instead of sugar for tea and cooking in cooking, you can improve your well-being, strengthen your immune system and easily lose a few extra pounds.