Wednesday, February 25, 2009

Avoiding Sugar


It seems like everyone is trying to use less sugar. In that quest, I tried Agave. This liquid sweetener is derived from the agave plant, a succulent that, oddly enough, also gives us tequila. It tastes a lot like sugar, without any odd aftertaste or peculiar nuances. Licking a drop is like licking something sugary. It's supposed to be one and one-fourth times sweeter than sugar. That may be true in a laboratory test, but I didn't find it to be true in my tea. To me it seemed to be about the same as sugar in sweetness.

The huge benefit to using agave is that it doesn't cause blood sugar to spike. It has a low glycemic index, which means it's absorbed slowly, which may be extremely beneficial to diabetics.

Otherwise, it's really not all that different from sugar, except that it's a whole lot more expensive.

Three cupcakes. Pass the sugar, please.

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