Blue Agave: Health Facts
September 11, 2019
You may have heard about this magical plant the Blue Weber Agave plant. And the fact that it is the only ingredient allowed in 100% de Agave Tequila (like Tres Agaves) is not the only reason.
The Blue Weber Agave plant is the only ingredient used in agave nectar. To make the nectar, the agave plant's piñas are crushed to extract the juices, which are then heated and filtered to create the simple sugar fructose, and then concentred into a syrup. Despite the fact that there are more steps in making agave syrup than say, harvesting honey from a beehive, it's still considered a healthy option. Agave nectar has:
- The same calories as honey (54 cal per tablespoon)
- A very low glycemic index (19-27 vs. 83 and 89 in honey and high fructose corn syrup, respectively) means you won't get high blood sugar levels.
- Agave contains saponins, which have anti-inflammatory and immune system-boosting properties (think quinoa and ginseng)
The agave plant is also the source of the probiotic inulin. Inulin acts as food for certain gut bacteria and has been suggested by numerous studies to relieve constipation and promote weight loss.
The more you know!