1. What is agave syrup?
Agave syrup is a natural sweetener that is extracted from the plant of agave. The plant is originally from Mexico, the consumption of agave syrup dates back to the pre-hispanic times.
2. How is agave syrup produced?
After a harvest process that usually takes between 5 to 7 years the agave plant is handpicked by the Jimadores. The pine of the agave starts a milling process to obtain the juice and the agave fibers. An extraction process and a thermal hydrolysis is done to remove particles, and last, an evaporation is done to obtain a homogeneous syrup with a great taste.
3. What is the chemical composition of agave syrup?
The premium organic agave syrup chemically composition summaries is as follows:
4. Why is agave syrup considered “Healthier”?
a) Is an organic product. The cultivation and production of the agave syrup does not entail any process that modifies the organic nature of the product.
b) Contains inulin. Is considered a prebiotic fiber, colon bacteria feeds from it improving a healthy intestinal flora.
c) Having a healthy intestinal flora improves the digestive capacity and the absorption of nutrients.
d) The product is sweeter than sugar cane (approx. 25%), this reduces the calorie intake per serving.
e) The agave syrup has a low glycemic index which prevents spikes in the blood sugar.
f) Its free from allergens and genetically modified organisms, it can be consumed by babies and pregnant women.
5. All the types of agave syrup have calories?
The mix of carbohydrates (Functional because it contains fiber-inulin) provides on average 60 calories per tablespoon of agave syrup.
However, the agave syrup is 25% sweeter than sugar cane, at the end, you will need less quantity to sweeten the same.
6. Is agave syrup an option for diabetics?
There is no medical recommendation. However, the product has a low glycemic index (between 17 and 34) some patients with diabetes are allowed to have a diet with products that have low glycemic index. Each consumer should consult a doctor for a suitable recommendation.
7. What is the shelf life of the product?
3 years in retail presentations. Is a high stable product, it can last even longer in optimal storage conditions (Dry places, room temperature, and not exposed to direct sun light).
8. How many ranges of color can agave syrup have? Is there any differencebetween them in terms of product properties? Does the taste varyaccording to the color?
The color rage of agave syrup has a lineal variation from clear to dark. The difference is obtained adjusting the filtration and degree temperature.
The taste of the dark syrup can be more caramelized, the applications and uses are the same. There is no difference in terms of the proprieties of the product.
9. How many certifications does The Agave Sweetener Company have?
Some countries have their own norms and certifications to give an organic status to their products. Due to its commercial relevance The Agave SweetenerCompany has certified the agave syrup as an organic product in the following countries and in different norms:
10. What are the industrial uses of agave syrup?
Due to its organic and natural essence and to its nutritional properties like the content of prebiotic fibers (inulin), our products have excellent acceptance in the retail and industrial industry.
Some examples are:
• Plant based beverages
• Ice cream
• Dry food
11. What is the difference between agave syrup and agave powder?
The use is practically the same. Both are natural sweetener alternatives. The only differentiation is the presentation and the versatility depending on the final use that the consumer wants to have.
12. What does it mean to be supported by Fairtrade?
A percentage of the value paid for a certified Fairtrade product goes directly to the development of the social community that works where the agave is cultivated. The decision about the specific projects is done by farmers and workers of theAgave Sweetener Company. A committee decides if they want to use the resources of Fairtrade to build schools, improve medical services, etc.