Agave nectar is a very healthy sugar substitute for a number of reasons. Agave nectar, unlike artificial sweeteners, is an actual real sugar. Similar to other sugars it has one healthy exception; it has a much lower glycemic index. This is why agave nectar is a healthier sugar substitute than many other processed or natural sweeteners. Sweeteners like white sugar found in most homes, brown sugars, sugar crystals from maple, cane sugar, or sugar from dates are not as healthy.
The lower glycemic index found in agave nectar is what makes it so good for people that are on a low or slow carb diet, and for a huge variety of other weight management or loss programs. With a glycemic index of around the high 60’s, granulated sugars are much higher than agave that usually is under 30. Foods that are under 55 on the glycemic index are usually considered as a low glycemic food. Another fact is that the lower they are on the scale, the less likely they are to trigger fat storage in the body. Even though it isn’t free for indiscriminate use, many people who are dieting or on some sort of maintenance plan find that agave nectar is a healthier sugar substitute, plus using agave helps them enjoy foods that might be off limits to them otherwise.
People who have diabetes are generally told to monitor their sugar consumption and check foods for their glycemic index. While agave nectar has calories and some carbohydrates that should be watched, an individual’s response to a sweetener will vary for each individual. Still, because the glycemic index in agave is lower than that of refined sugars, the carbohydrates found in agave will not generally raise blood sugar as quickly. Remember, agave nectar is not “free” food, yet with proper monitoring it can be used as a replacement for unhealthy sugar to give a diabetic more food options.
Many sugars that are granulated or brown, especially if they use sugar cane, get filtered through bone char, which is a charcoal made from animal bone. Agave nectar is a healthier sugar substitute because it is completely vegan, which means that it is also good for those people that avoid animal products.
Even though agave tends to be calorie denser that either white or brown sugars, it is also around 40% sweeter, which means that the amounts used can be smaller. It might take a little adjusting of your recipes to use the agave nectar instead of granulated sugar, but it is a lot easier than trying to use artificial sweetener. Agave cooks much more like granulated sugars than artificial sugars.