Monday, August 31, 2009

Volcanic Agave Nectar

Some friends of ours gave us a bottle of Volcanic Agave Nectar. It's a low glycemic sugar substitute. Tonight we made Agave Nutty Choco-Chip Cookies
They turned out great!
Do Type 1 Moms keeps track of foods' Glycemic Index? I don't. I pretty much let Lainey eat whatever she wants, but after researching the Glycemic Index and GI Database I was very intrigued.
"Not all carbohydrate foods are created equal, in fact they behave quite differently in our bodies. The glycemic index or GI describes this difference by ranking carbohydrates according to their effect on our blood glucose levels.

Eating a lot of high GI foods can be detrimental to your health because it pushes your body to extremes. Switching to eating mainly low GI carbs that slowly trickle glucose into your blood stream keeps your energy levels balanced and means you will feel fuller for longer between meals."

Low GI diets help people lose and control weight
Low GI diets increase the body's sensitivity to insulin
Low GI carbs improve diabetes control
Low GI carbs reduce the risk of heart disease
Low GI carbs reduce blood cholesterol levels
Low GI carbs reduce hunger and keep you fuller for longer
Low GI carbs prolong physical endurance

A low GI diet would include:

breakfast cereals based on oats, barley and bran
breads with wholegrains, stone-ground flour, sour dough
Reduce the amount of potatoes you eat

fruit and vegetables
Basmati or Doongara rice
pasta, noodles, quinoa
salad vegetables with a vinaigrette dressing

Glycemic Index of Sugars

  • Corn Syrup (89)
  • Honey (83)
  • Safe for Diabetics (<55)
  • Volcanic Nectar (27)

Honestly, I don't know how motivated I am to change my family's diet. However, I do like this Volcanic Agave Nectar and will bake more with it.

Here's the website if you're interested


Lisa said...

I just found your blog through JDRF. You're doing a great job! My son is T1 - just about to our 2 year mark now. We have tried agave nectar and have a great recipe book using agave nectar. I've tried a few recipes, and everyone has loved them.

Lisa said...

I found your blog through jdrf. You are doing a great job! My son is T1 - it's been almost 2 years now. He is almost 10 yrs old.

I have agave nectar, and a recipe book to help use it. I've tried a few recipes and they are great. LOVE the strawberry jam recipe. I made freezer jam out of it.

I need to try more.

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