I really like monk fruit sweetener for coffee/tea. A few drawbacks: It's somewhat expensive and sold in small packages, so it's not ideal for baking.
01/25/2014 - 2:39pm
Given the extreme-bad health implications of agave, being primarily high fructose corn syrup, and the fact that the comments aren't directly readable from this page, this post should be removed from the site.
At this point it's simply unethical to continue to show this page.
12/18/2013 - 2:50pm
Agave = high fructose corn syrup, so unless you think HFCS is good for you then agave is a terrible for your health.
Don't believe it, Google "is agave high in fructose".
12/18/2013 - 2:47pm
Don't eat agave nectar. I did and, I will admit I used a lot, however I didn't even drink half of the slushy that I made. In less then 30 minutes my stomach was bubbling up. I research into agave more and to my surprise the stuff is horrible and being promoted as healthy alternative to sugar. Or healthy because it has a lower GI. I poured it out after reading. The best thing I know to do is use fruits, unrefined sugar, molasses or honey in low levels. We this day in age are addicted to too much sugar. As you wean yourself off and eat more vegetables you won't want your food to be so sugary sweet anymore.
03/16/2013 - 9:37am
I've been doing a lot of reading about the harmful effects of sugar, HFCS, fructose, and artificial sweeteners like Splenda, etc. They will all spike your insulin and cause you to gain belly fat, even though the artificial sweeteners may not add calories. I switched to Truvia and Stevia, having read that these will not spike your insulin and cause belly fat. So far (6 months), I have had a much easier time maintaining and/or quickly losing the 1-2 lbs. that I might gain, so I believe that the Truvia and Stevia have helped a lot. Judy K.
12/10/2012 - 2:56pm
The only time I ever used agave nectar was in hot coco last year thats it ! Otherwise I do not use natural sweeteners.
10/17/2012 - 9:19pm
I like using Xylitol
08/10/2012 - 8:30pm
I love agave! I bake with it, cook with it, use it in cold and hot drinks - everything!! Awwwemazing! I refuse to use white sugar anymore!
12/12/2011 - 12:37pm
11/13/2011 - 2:37pm
Agave nectar and/or agave syrup is indeed popular but there are better options out there, such as coconut sugar and yacon syrup.
Agave is high in fructose syrup whereas coconut sugar has a pleasant taste and has more nutrients than just sucrose. The glycemic index of coconut sugar is 35 so it is a low GI food. Even lower then coconut sugar's GI is yacon syrup whose GI is 1. The sweetness of yacon syrup comes from complex carbohydrates called fructo-oligosaccharides, also known as a prebiotic.