Plants which are used to produce the agave nectar include Blue Agave (Agave tequilana), Salmiana Agave (Agave salmiana), Green Agave, Gray Agave, Thorny Agave, and Rainbow Agave. However, the Blue Agaves, which thrive in the volcanic soils of Southern Mexico, are the ones which are extensively used for the production of the nectar. This is because this particular species of the agave plant contains high carbohydrate content which results in high fructose content in the final product.

Agave Nectar Nutritional Value

The agave nectar tastes sweeter and is less viscous than honey. The liquid is also free of any aftertaste which is common with most artificial sweeteners.

Note: Values in percentage are based on a 2000 calorie diet and a serving size of 100 grams.

Total Carbohydrates16 g (5%)
Dietary Fiber7g (26%)
Sugar3 g
Sodium14 mg (1%)
Protein1 g
Vitamin A1%
Vitamin C7%

Agave Nectar Benefits

» Agave nectar is about 1.4 to 1.6 times sweeter than sugar, however, it has an appreciably low glycemic index (GI) and low glycemic load (GL). Being a low glycemic index food, agave nectar does not cause sharp rise in blood sugar level, nor causes sharp fall. The agave nectar has a glycemic value of 27, compared to other sweeteners which have values of 32 and above.

» The agave nectar is rich in what is known as saponins. These are a class of chemical compounds, better classified as phytochemicals. According to the Journal of Medicinal Food, these substances act on the immune system to help lower cholesterol, and reduce risks of developing cancer. Given their rich content of antioxidants, saponins also prevent free radical damage. They also reduce blood lipids, and lower blood glucose response.

» The nectar also contains inulin. It is a kind of fiber which has a low impact on the blood sugar level, it helps in feeling fuller for a long time, and reduces appetite. All these factors make this fiber an effective way to lose weight. This very product in agave nectar is also known to reduce risks of cancer, lower cholesterol levels, and promote absorption of nutrients by the body.

Although agave nectar is a popular sweetener, it may not be considered suitable for some people. So before including it in your daily diet, consult your health care provider or family physician; it is better to err on the side of caution.

Disclaimer: The information provided in this article is solely for educating the reader. It is not intended to be a substitute for the advice of a medical expert.