For many years, agave syrup was regarded as a health miracle to those with health issues like diabetes since it has a low glycemic index. Unfortunately, it has come to light that agave syrup is actually a highly processed sweetener that is extremely high in fructose.
Rather than being made from the sap of the yucca or agave plant, agave syrup is actually made from the plant’s root. The agave root is mainly a starch that’s similar to corn and a complex carbohydrate called inulin, which is made up of fructose molecules.
The process to turn the agave root into syrup is very much like the process where cornstarch is made into high fructose corn syrup. The syrup is made using genetically modified (GMO) enzymes and a chemically intensive process.
The end product is not a natural health food. Fortunately, there is a healthier alternative to agave syrup.
That alternative is coconut nectar. Whereas agave syrup is highly processed, coconut nectar is not. It’s a very low glycemic liquid sweetener that’s made from the liquid sap of the coconut blossoms.
Coconut nectar naturally contains minerals, vitamins B and C, 17 amino acids and other nutrients. In addition, natural coconut blossom sap is only 1.5% fructose. After the sap is dried and thickened, a process that removes most of the water, the liquid’s final fructose content is only around 10%. This is much lower than the 50-90% fructose levels found of agave syrup.
If you’ve been looking for a healthier alternative to agave syrup, give coconut nectar a try.
You should be able to locate coconut nectar at your local health food store. You can also purchase Organika Coconut Nectar on the Healthy Planet website for only $7.99! It’s made from Organic Coconut Flower Sap.
About the Author:
Chrystal Johnson, publisher of Happy Mothering and founder of Green Moms Media, is a mother of two sweet girls who believes in living a simple, natural lifestyle. A former marketing manager, Chrystal spends her time researching green and eco-friendly alternatives to improve her family’s life. She enjoys sharing those discoveries with anyone who’s willing to listen. Follow her on Facebook, Twitter, Google+, and Pinterest.