I came across The Groovy Food Company Agave Nectar a little while ago when I was looking for something that would add sweetness to things without some, or most, of the negative side effects of refined sugar.
We all know we should reduce the sugar in our diets; massive over-consumption of sugar is a huge contributory factor in the terrible obesity pandemic but cutting down your sugar intake requires a little bit of effort and making some small changes to your diet.
Sugar has been routinely added to almost everything processed for years - we like things that taste sweet but due to the sudden RUSH and CRASH in our blood sugar levels that occur as a result just makes us want more to get back to the high when we crash.
In addition to that, sugar has a very high Glycemic Index (GI) rating - in basic terms, the higher the GI number the faster our bodies convert that food into glucose (sugar) for energy and whatever isn't burned and cannot be stored temporarily by our muscles and liver, is then stored in our fat cells for future use.
Along with the high and low blood sugar swings and its high GI, sugar also does serious damage to your teeth and is an absolute no-no, on the whole, for people with diabetes.
Agave Nectar to the rescue then, because it has a very low GI (under 30 - anything under 55 is classified as low) and is less likely to cause your blood sugar to spike suddenly the same way sugar does so may be suitable for diabetics *
Agave Nectar is a liquid, the same colour and consitency as syrup, and is 40% sweeter than sugar, which means you don't need to use very much of it at all to achieve sweetness in or on things.
You can use it in drinks, on toast (I'm rather partial to it on rye bread toast!), on cereal, in sweet sauces, in cakes and other baking where sugar is required.
It's made from the same plant Tequila is distilled from and is pronounced ah-GAH-vay - although I have to admit I can't stop pronouncing it a-gave, ooops - and I can describe how it tastes to you in just three words: toffee apple caramel!
I'm rather partial to Ambrosia Rice Pudding (and if I could get away with reviewing that, I would!) and a spiral of Agave Nectar on top of that is just a little piece of dessert heaven; the same is true of a spiral of Agave on a bowl of hot porridge oats in the morning.
The uses are endless, the benefits are huge, there's everything you could possibly wish to know about Agave Nectar here (along with some recipe ideas) and The Groovy Food Company Agave Nectar costs £2.50 for 250ml from Tesco online and in-store; you can also buy it in packs of three from Amazon, with free delivery, for £7.50.
An overall score for The Groovy Food Company Agave Nectar...? 9 out of 10 for its versatility, overall health benefits and also for being vegetarian and vegan friendly too (I'm reluctantly knocking off one point as it's more expensive than sugar which may put some people off).