By MamaSpook Latest Reply 2011-08-11 22:10:32 -0500
Started 2011-08-11 14:32:36 -0500

Has anybody used Agave as a sweetener? How does it affect your glucose level? for those of you that don't know what Agave is, it is a sweetener derived from the Agave plant that tastes just like Honey. It has a low glycemic index which means it SLOWLY absorbs which means your sugar won't jump up fast from using it.

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margokittycat 2011-08-11 22:10:32 -0500 Report

I have use Agae and I do not care for it at all. I have been diabetic for almost 31 years and I have been through all the sweetnes and my favorite is Splenda. The Agave did not give me any jump in BS level, but does not taste very good to mye either. My next favorite after Splenda is Equal.

MamaSpook 2011-08-11 16:21:31 -0500 Report

I get mine at Wal Mart. I have made "honey mustard" with it and use it in some of the dishes I make. I love it in green tea!

diabetesfree 2011-08-11 15:37:46 -0500 Report

I've tried it and it's o.k. Doesn't taste nearly as good as sucralose to me, but at least it's natural. Sucralose is a lot cheaper as well. I can't remember the brand, but the agave I got was sold at Costco.

MamaSpook 2011-08-11 15:06:33 -0500 Report

my problem is that I am not a water drinker, never have been and probably never will. I mostly use Splenda unless I am out and about and my sugar bottoms out and I buy a small bottle of juice or "regular" soda.

jayabee52 2011-08-11 15:59:59 -0500 Report

With you being new Barb, if you want to post something replying directly to someone elses post, click the little "reply " link below and toward the left of the posting.

A lot of people don't "get it" at first. No problem! On posts you have made yourself you also can hit the "edit" link next to the reply link if you see a misspelling or want to change anything in a posting.

jayabee52 2011-08-11 14:54:02 -0500 Report

Howdy Barb
I tried a fingerful of Agave from a friend who was staying with me and my Jem last year. I grew up eating raw honey and I wasn't all that impressed with Agave. It was OK, but it was not something I'd run out and buy and use. Also about that time I read reports of unscrupulous companies mixing high fructose corn syrup with a little agave and selling it as agave which has a signifigant markup in price from the HFCS.

In fact I've gone the other way with sweeteners. I avoid almost all sweeteners of any kind for my drinks (in fact I avoid coffee and tea and drink only water and unsweetened almond milk). If a sweetener is in a product I do consume it but only in very limited amounts, so I get very little throughout the day.

I am controlling my type 2 by what I eat and am doing fairly well with it.


CrossStitch Momma
CrossStitch Momma 2011-08-11 14:47:40 -0500 Report

I have used Agave. I loved it and had no ill effects on my blood sugar levels. In fact my levels lowered on Agave in hot tea even in place of honey.

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