The health benefits of Agave Nectar have been known for centuries. The Aztecs used agave nectar mixed with salt to dress wounds and soothe skin irritations. Used as a flavoring, agave nectar is also a popular folk remedy that is still used today.
Modern medicine has studied and proven that agave has many helpful properties. Agave nectar can be affective when put on skin at controlling pyogenic bacteria (those that produce pus) like Staph aureus. When salt is added to the nectar like it was used by the Aztecs, it boosts it’s ant-microbial effectiveness. The health benefits of agave nectar to treat intestinal bacteria has also been proven.
The diet of most western countries has become dominated by artificial sweeteners over the last century. Refined sugars such as corn syrup and granulated sugar has become popular. The problem with this type of sweetener though is that they have high levels of glycemic index and of glycemic load. These two numbers both measure the impact that a food can have on the amount of sugar in our blood. It is known that when a food quickly raises the level of sugar in the blood it triggers the body to release insulin.
When insulin release is excessive, there are constant high levels of sugar in the blood, it can cause Metabolic Syndrome. Health disorders that have been associated with this syndrome are the onset of type II diabetes, and resistance to insulin that the body makes. It also can cause weight gain around the abdomen and obesity. It raises both triglycerides and a persons bad cholesterol, all of which can contribute to high blood pressure.
Using agave nectar promotes better health because it has a better glycemic index. The source of its sweetness is from a fructose form called inulin. Fructose is the sweetener that is found in most fruits and even vegetables. The reason that the carbohydrate supplied by the agave nectar is healthy is it give a sweet taste with a naturally low glycemic index that doesn’t result in a sugar rush or a unhealthy spike in blood sugars that are caused by refined sugars.
The health benefits of Agave Nectar are many and it can be used by people that are dieting, many diabetics, and cooks that want to make healthy food while avoiding refined sugars.