This new alternative to white sugar, which is now becoming more widely available, could help those seeking new options to use in a rotation diet, as well as being of value to slimmers and those looking for a more slowly absorbed form of sugar.
A honey-like liquid derived from the same plant as tequila, agave
nectar is 25% sweeter than sugar, but helps to burn rather than store fat and is thought to reduce cravings for sweet foods. Although it has a high fruit sugar content, this is metabolised more slowly than white sugar and does not need insulin to break it down.
Suitable for use both in baking and in drinks, agave nectar is now available from supermarkets and from various online outlets - try Goodness direct on 0871 871 6611 or www.goodnessdirect.co.uk
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First Published in January 2007
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