Monday, 13 June 2011

Sweet Alternative to Sugar- The Groovy Food Company's Agave Nectar

The Groovy Food Company Agave Nectar is 100% natural, organic, plus cholesterol and fat-free too. And if that wasn’t enough here’s some more sweet news. Agave Nectar is lower in calories yet 25% sweeter than sugar, so you can replace every spoon of sugar with a quarter less of Agave. Because you can use less, you’ll cut calories too. The Groovy Food Company Agave Nectar comes in two equally tasty types:

• Agave Nectar Light & Mild (RSP: £3.09, 250mls) Filtered for longer and runnier than honey, this light and mild version is perfect for adding to hot or cold food, stirring into drinks and for use in baking.
• Agave Nectar Rich & Dark (RSP: £3.09, 250mls) requires less filtering than the golden, Mild Agave. Its smooth maple syrup-like flavour is perfect for drizzling over food or adding to cooking.

Agave nectar contains 76% fructose (fruit sugar). Fructose is a slow-release carbohydrate which the body absorbs more slowly so it doesn’t need lots of insulin to break it down. Because agave nectar is low GI (Glycaemic Index) it helps keep your blood sugar levels balanced, too.

Nutritionist Fiona Hunter says: “Choosing a healthy diet doesn’t have to mean denying yourself the foods you enjoy. Making small changes like replacing sugar and honey with Agave Nectar can make a real difference and will help to make sweet foods better for you - so you really can have your cake and eat it without feeling too guilty.

“The main advantage of Agave Nectar,” Fiona continues “is that it is low GI. A growing body of research suggests that choosing foods with a low GI can help improve insulin sensitivity and bring a number of genuine health benefits. The fact that agave nectar is sweeter than sugar which means you need to use less is another real advantage.”

The sweet nectar comes all the way from Mexico where it lives in a spiky plant called the Blue Weber Agave. The milky white juice is collected from the plant and then filtered where the juice turns to Agave Nectar concentrate. There’s no unnatural meddling, it tastes great and your body will thank you for it!

Agave Nectar can be added to almost anything and you can be sure it will only make it tastier! It’s ideal for all your hot and cold favourites such as; cereal, toast, salad dressings, sauces, ice cream, teas, coffees, smoothies and is great for baking.

It's available at Sainsbury, Waitrose, Tesco, Asda, Holland & Barrett and independent health food stores. For more information visit www.groovyfood.co.uk or call 0333 240 2947.

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