Nutrition Tip July 24 2010

24
Jul
2010

Agave Nectar and Stevia

There are a lot of great ways to sweeten things up, and two that I’d like to mention are Agave Nectar and Stevia.

Agave is often advertised as a safe and nutritious alternative that can be consumed by anyone, especially diabetics, without the potential side-effects suffered from consuming sugar cane, honey, corn syrup, and sugar alcohols.  Agave Nectar (or syrup) looks a lot like honey and in my opinion is much better.  You don’t need to consume as much of it as you would honey to get a nice sweet taste.  Agave can be used in anything…I use it to sweeten my tea and I also use it in my mixture of Oatmeal and hemp hearts at every breakfast.

Stevia is becoming a popular natural alternative to sugar and artificial sweeteners. There are a few different varieties….Stevia powder as an alternative to sugar powder, and Stevia liquid as a sweetener for your drinks…and for baking and cooking.

Stevia liquid sweetener is a nice choice because it does not use any harmful chemicals during the process of manufacturing the product. It also maintains the whole food structure of the Stevia plant so that its natural goodness and health benefits remain in Stevia liquid.

These are a couple recommendations to keep you sweet.

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One Response to “ Nutrition Tip July 24 2010 ”

  1. Tim on October 29, 2010 at 2:25 pm

    Thanks for the tip. I found your blog via del.icio.us. I will definitely try these sweeteners. I’ve quit eating some of my favorite foods (oatmeal) because I don’t have a way to sweeten them. I’m not diabetic but I really feel crummy after eating sugar. That goes for evaporated cane juice and “crystalized corn syrup too. I’ll let you know how it goes!

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