Agave Nectar which is also known as Agave syrup is mainly produced from the several species of Agave including Agave salmiana and Agave tequilana. This is a natural product that is commercially used in replacement of the honey because of its high calorific value and natural nutrients. Agave nectar is sweeter, thinner than traditional honey. It is more free fluid substance than honey due to its low specific weight compared to honey. Majority of this nectar comes from South Africa and Mexico.
Agave nectar contains fructose and glucose. It affects the blood sugar and blood pressure level hugely. As Agave nectar is 1.5 times sweeter than that of sugar, excessive consumption of agave nectar may cause fructose malabsorption, miscarriage, metabolic syndrome and hypertriglyceridemia. It is used as a substitute of sugar in cooking.
100 grams of agave nectar is considered as the production house of 310 calories of energy. 100 g of agave nectar contain 0.45% fat by volume. Sodium acts as a natural ingredient and 4 g of sodium increases the energy index by more than 10%. Agave nectar is a natural source of carbohydrates. Out of 310 calories more than 25% of calories come from the 76 g of carbohydrates that is present in 100 gram of Agave Nectar. 0.2g Dietary fiber increases the energy index by very little amount and helps the excretory system to function well .Presence of protein is 0.1g by weight.
It can be considered as an economical sugar. Due to its richer taste profile, it can easily be added to the tea or any other kind of beverages. It is also acts as a very good substitute for honey. Due to low specific weight it can also be used as a sweetener in the cold beverage like iced tea, cocktails, smoothies and others.