What Is Agave Syrup And Why Do Vegans Love It So Much?
Agave is the sweetener found in many cupboards of vegans everywhere — so what is it exactly? Read on to find out more about how it’s made and why vegans use it.
What is agave?
Agave syrup, also called agave nectar is a natural sweetener that many who are plant-based swear by. It comes from the agave plant, which is native to the Americas, and is effectively the sap produced by the flower stalk of the plant, which is tapped and collected to take the syrup. Some types of agave plant can only be harvested for its sap after it has matured for seven to fourteen years, while some others can be harvested for its sap during its growth. Fun fact: the sugars in agave are also what are used to make tequila.
Why do vegans use agave?
Vegans and those on a plant-based diet use agave because it is a natural plant-based sweetener and alternative to honey. While a tablespoon contains more calories than a tablespoon of sugar, it is also significantly sweeter than table sugar meaning you’re likely to use less of it in whatever you’re making (though as usual, use it in moderation). It is also supposed to be an alternative to sugar for diabetics.
Where to find agave nectar
Agave nectar is available in most supermarkets now — particularly the Groovy Food company organic variety — so if you’re looking for a natural sweetener to add to your porridge in the mornings, it isn’t hard to find!
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By Toni Olukiran
Toni is one of our lovely Content Marketing Assistants, and when she’s not writing posts about everything from Jamaican cooking to vegan champagne, she’s making a Spotify playlist (she was at 200, at her last count) or playing tennis in the park.