The plant that gives us tequila also provides the luscious golden sap known as agave nectar. It looks similar to honey and has a mild flavor that is truly unique — yet, not at all overwhelming. Though it’s sweeter than sugar, agave nectar is digested more slowly, which keeps blood sugar more stable. All that sweetness means you can use less, which will save you a few calories. It’s versatile enough to use in baked goods, brewed tea or even marinades. Agave also contains sapogenins, a compound that helps fight inflammation.
With the explosion of various sweeteners on the market, you can get lost in all the choices. Here is a list of some common choices with nutrition info per tablespoon:
- White sugar: 45 calories, 12 grams sugar
- Brown sugar: 51 calories, 12 grams sugar
- Honey: 60 calories, 16 grams sugar
- Agave syrup: 60 calories, 16 grams sugar
- Molasses: 70 calories, 14 grams sugar
- Corn syrup: 60 calories, 5.5 grams sugar
- Grenadine syrup: 54 calories, 9 grams sugar
- Simple syrup: 22.5 calories, 6 grams sugar.
I made simple syrup using Agava and it worked great!