Agave Nectar versus Maple Syrup

As sugars go, both agave nectar and pure maple syrup are some of the least harmful. They both have low to medium-low glycemic indexes and a higher degree of sweetness than table sugar for roughly the same number of calories. And they both have trace amounts of minerals including calcium, potassium, magnesium, and iron. However, agave nectar still has some advantages:

While maple syrup is delicious in some applications, its strong flavor and sometimes metallic overtones can make it a less versatile ingredient. While the sweetness of agave and maple is comparable, agave has the lower glycemic index.

Master Tonic is currently forumlated with maple syrup. However we are planning to introduce an agave nectar version in the near future:

Agave Syrup (Nectar)

Agave syrup is approximately 25 to 30 percent sweeter than table sugar and has trace amounts of minerals including calcium, potassium, magnesium, and iron. Agave ranks low on the Glycemic Index, meaning it does not affect blood sugar and insulin levels as much as regular sugar.

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Maple Syrup

Maple syrup is about twice as sweet as table sugar and has trace amounts of minerals including calcium, potassium, magnesium, and iron. Maple syrup can cause blood sugar levels to rise, so those with diabetes should use it sparingly.

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Nutritional Comparison: Maple Syrup vs Agave Nectar

Serving Size: 1 ounce
 Agave (raw)Maple Syrup
Calories1973
Glycemic Load111
Vitamin A0%0%
Vitamin C2%0%
Calcium12%2%
Copper2%1%
Iron3%2%
Manganese4%46%
Magnesium1%1%
Potasium1%2%
Zinc0%8%

Source: www.nutritiondata.com

Glycemic Index

This is a relatively new concept which can be important from a metabolic standpoint, especially to diabetics, along with athletes and grossly overweight individuals. The index is an indicator as to how much your blood sugar increases in 2-3 hours after specific food consumption. Most if not all carbohydrates are normally metabolized into the simple carbohydrate glucose, which in the glycemic index concept is arbitrarily assigned a value of 100. As a result, the higher a glycemic index food number is, the faster it raises your blood sugar level. Foods or ingredients with glycemic index numbers close to or above 100 present some significant health issues to diabetics, and in general, sweeteners of all kinds should be avoided by diabetics. Nonetheless, for those diabetics who choose to consume certain amounts of carbohydrates, Agave Nectar, it should be noted has a lower glycemic index than honey. Agave Nectar was found to have a glycemic index of 32. In contrast, maple syrup has a reported glycemic index of 54, due to its higher ratio of glucose to fructose, as compared to the ratio of glucose to fructose in Agave Nectar. Please note: these values are based on using glucose as the reference point, which is the currently accepted approach relative to reporting glycemic index. Earlier, white bread was the reference point, but white bread composition can vary widely, and thus glucose is now the preferred base product.
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