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What is agave nectar?

What is agave nectar?

Agave (ah-gah-vay) nectar is made from the juice of the succulent agave plant, a relative of the cactus that is native to Mexico. It is the same plant that is used to make tequila and mezcal.

The juice of the agave plant is reduced to a syrup and used as a sugar substitute in baked goods, candies, drinks, desserts or anything that needs a hit of natural sweetness.

Its claim to fame is that it has a much lower glycemic index than other sweeteners, such as sugar. A lower glycemic index means that it does not cause the body's blood sugar to rise as fast, or as high after eating -- which makes it suitable for diabetics, dieters and anyone concerned about their sugar intake.

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