|alternative sweetener: agave nectar|
When I started making raw food dishes, I was quickly introduced to this amazing sweetener -- agave nectar. If you haven't tried it before, and you are looking for a sugar substitute this stuff is amazing. You can put agave nectar in tea, hot breakfast cereal, salad dressings, sauces, and smoothies.
I find that there is none of that aftertaste that comes with sugar which ends up with me either craving salty junk food or more sugar. It's really satisfying and light. I also prefer flavor of agave nectar better then stevia and honey. It comes in two varieties -- light or dark -- and you can find it at your local health food store or Whole Foods.
Here's what they have to say about the health benefits of eating agave nectar:
The carbohydrate in agave nectar has a low glycemic index, which provides sweetness without the unpleasant "sugar rush" and unhealthful blood sugar spike caused by many other sugars. Agave nectar is a delicious natural sweetener that can be used moderately - by dieters, some diabetics, and health conscious cooks - to replace high-glycemic and refined sugars. - www.allaboutagave.com