How to substitute agave syrup for sugar in your favorite recipes
Swap out sugar for agave syrup
Though sugar lends a craved sweetness to foods and beverages, it has no nutritional value and causes sharp fluctuations in blood sugar (or blood glucose) levels. This can lead to fatigue, crankiness and strong carbohydrate cravings. A healthier alternative to satisfying your sweet tooth is substituting agave nectar for sugar.
Agave syrup is a low-glycemic sweetener
Agave syrup, as compared to other sweeteners, has a desirable low-glycemic index. This means that when consumed, it won't cause a significant rise or fall in blood sugar.
Here is a list of sweeteners and corresponding glycemic values. The higher the value, the bigger the impact on blood sugar.
|Fructose (fruit sugar)||32|
|Lactose (milk sugar)||65|
|High fructose corn syrup||89|
Guidelines for substituting agave syrup for sugar
Like many natural sweeteners, you can seamlessly substitute agave nectar for sugar in most recipes. Because agave syrup is sweeter than sugar, you can actually use less.
Baking rules for substituting agave syrup for sugar
- Use about two-thirds cup of agave nectar for every one cup of sugar called for in recipes.
- Reduce the liquid ingredients in recipes by two-thirds, since agave nectar is liquid (and sugar is dry).
- Reduce your oven temperature by 25 degrees and increase baking time by a few minutes.
In savory foods, such as sauces, dressings and beverages, substitute agave syrup for sugar in a 2:3 ratio. For example, if a recipe calls for one tablespoon (three teaspoons) of sugar, substitute two teaspoons agave syrup.