Fitness

Honey vs. Agave Nectar

We all know too much added sugar is bad for our health and general well-being and also our waistline.  It can be really addicting to the body as it gives a quick high followed by a sugar crash.  When sugar crash happens you experience a lack of energy and feel sleepy.  Simple sugars found in fruits, vegetables, nuts and whole grains contain simple sugars.  Simple sugars come in the body along with a lot of vitamins and minerals, unlike the bad sugars that contain a lot of empty calories and no essential nutrients.  Consuming too much sugar leads to insulin resistance that leads to a lot of diseases like type 2 diabetes.  Sugar releases a huge dose of dopamine in the brain and causes an addiction in the body.  There are a lot of healthier substitutes for ”bad” sugar like natural sweeteners as honey and agave sugar.

 

Agave Nectar

Agave Nectar is the plant from which tequila is made.  There are over 100 species of agave.  In the last century, agave has gained a lot of popularity because of its health benefits and low glycemic index compared to corn syrup and other sugars.  Keep in mind when buying agave to buy the real quality agave nectar.  Not all agave is created equally and because of this, there are a lot of controversies.  One tablespoon of agave contains only 21 calories, 0 gr fat and 5gr of sugar.  Here are some health benefits of high-quality agave nectar:

  • Very Low Glycemic Index, the lowest of all sweeteners
  • Completely Natural
  • Almost 2 times sweeter than honey
  • Only 21 calories per tablespoon

Honey

Honey contains a lot of nutritional benefits compared to other artificial sweeteners.  Because of this many times, it is called the liquid gold.  One tablespoon of honey contains nearly 64 calories and 0 gr fat.  In addition, it contains a lot of antioxidants and vitamins and minerals.  It consists 80% of natural sugar, 18% water and 2% vitamins, minerals pollen and protein.

  • High in vitamins and minerals: honey contains a lot of B6, thiamin, niacin, riboflavin, calcium, copper, iron, and magnesium
  • Free of fat and cholesterol
  • Healthy Glycemic Index
  • 64 calories per tablespoon
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