WHAT IS IT?
Agave In The Raw® is organic blue agave nectar, a delicious liquid sweetener that comes from the blue agave plant, native to Mexico. Agave In The Raw® nectar is harvested from the center core of the blue agave plant. It is about 25% sweeter than refined white sugar so a little bit tends to go a long way. Agave In The Raw® is a low glycemic food, which means it doesn’t cause the rapid spikes in blood sugar level caused by refined white sugar and many other sweeteners. Thus, Agave In The Raw® is viewed by many as a more healthful alternative.
Agave In The Raw® nectar is made from liquid harvested from the core of the Mexican blue agave, a plant resembling a cactus. The nectar is produced in Mexico and bottled in the USA.
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HOW TO USE IT
Agave In The Raw® can be used in a wide variety of ways to sweeten your favorite foods and beverages. Its liquid form makes Agave In The Raw® an alternative to syrup and honey and a delicious way to top pancakes, waffles, oatmeal, and yogurt. It also works well to sweeten beverages — both hot and cold — because it, too, is liquid and blends easily. The properties of Agave In The Raw® also make it a good substitute for sugar in many baking recipes because of its ability to brown and make baked goods moist. Please visit the Recipes page on this website for delicious beverage, sauce, and baking recipes you can make with Agave In The Raw®, as well as helpful tips for the best results when using Agave In The Raw® to replace other sweeteners in your favorite recipes.
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Agave In The Raw® has a 3-year shelf life when stored under normal, room-temperature conditions. Exposure to temperatures above 80° degrees F may cause the color of the product to darken but it is still safe to consume.
No. Agave In The Raw® does not need to be refrigerated after opening when stored under normal room temperature conditions (up to 80° F). Exposure to temperatures above 80° F may cause the color of the product to darken, but it is still safe to consume.
HEALTH & DIETARY QUESTIONS
Agave In The Raw® is a low-glycemic food. When used in combination with traditional carbohydrate counting, the Glycemic Index can be a useful tool to help people with diabetes improve their blood sugar control. There is no single diet plan that works universally for all people with diabetes, so it is always recommended to consult with a licensed healthcare professional or physician if you have a restricted diet or special dietary needs before using Agave In The Raw®.
The Glycemic Index (GI) is a measure of how much carbohydrate–containing foods raise a person’s blood sugar. A food with a higher GI is digested more rapidly and raises blood sugar levels more than a food with a lower GI, which is broken down and enters the blood stream more gradually. Foods with a GI lower than 55 such as Agave In the Raw® are considered Low Glycemic Index foods.
The GI of Agave In The Raw® is about 30. A food with a GI value of 55 or below is considered a Low Glycemic Index food.
Yes. Agave In The Raw® is USDA certified organic by Quality Assurance International.
Yes. Agave In The Raw® is certified Kosher by the Orthodox Union, a leader in global Kosher certification.
Yes. Agave In The Raw® contains no gluten nor does it come into contact with glutinous products, such as wheat, during its manufacture. It is therefore safe for people with wheat allergies and celiac disease. It is always recommended to consult with a licensed healthcare professional or physician if you have a restricted diet or special dietary needs.
Yes. Agave In The Raw® is Vegan. It is an appropriate choice for people whose diet does not include any animal or animal by-products.