Tuesday, 23 September 2008

Product of the week: Blue agave syrup

I found this blue agave syrup at the Co-op. It is a sugar substitute but given its very high fructose content I'm not sold on its health benefits. Turbinado sugar seems to be the way to go as it tastes good and is not highly processed.

Here's the facts on the syrup according to Wikipedia:

Agave syrup (also called agave nectar) is a sweetener commercially produced in Mexico, from several species of agave. Agave syrup is sweeter than honey, though less viscous.... To produce agave nectar, juice is expressed from the core of the agave, called the piƱa.The juice is filtered, then heated, to hydrolyze carbohydrates into sugars. The main carbohydrate is a complex form of fructose called inulin or fructosan. The filtered, hydrolyzed juice is concentrated to a syrup-like liquid a little thinner than honey and ranges in color from light to dark depending on the degree of processing. ... Agave syrup consists primarily of fructose and glucose. One source gives 92% fructose and 8% glucose; another gives 56% fructose and 20% glucose. These differences presumably reflect variation from one vendor of agave syrup to another.

1 comment:

chan said...

i kind of hoped it would be blue!!