Health food manufacturers are scrutinized at every turn, and with good reason. Consumers make their choices based upon the trust they have in a product or brand. Here at Earth Source Organics, we take that trust very seriously. There has been some recent controversy surrounding the use of agave as a natural and healthier-alternative sweetener. There are a variety of natural sweeteners – agave, honey, coconut and palm sugar, maple syrup or brown rice syrup – and each have their own, unique characteristics. Based on careful consideration of these characteristics, we are confident in our usage of raw agave as a sweetener for our products.
Why We Use Raw Agave
Raw agave nectar has a luxurious, velvety flavor that perfectly complements the dark complexities of our Righteously Raw Chocolate product line. Raw agave is also naturally sweeter than other sugars such as raw honey, allowing for a more limited quantity to be used. This lowers sugar calories without compromising that delicately balanced touch of sweet. Raw agave is a low glycemic alternative sweetener whereas honey, brown rice and maple syrup are not. Also unlike honey, raw agave is vegan and adheres to our promise to deliver 100% certified organic, gluten-free, non-GMO, and kosher products to our customers.
Common Misconceptions about Agave
Various articles and studies have emerged claiming that agave is little better than high fructose corn syrup, given that manufacturers still use chemicals and enzymes to produce the sweetener that we see on shelves and that the nectar can contain equally high percentages of fructose. Many of these claims are either untrue or misleading, and sweeping statements that seek to encompass all agave producers can perpetuate the spread of misinformation and cause harm to honest, hard-working farmers and companies such as our source for raw agave, Nature’s Agave, Inc.
Our Trusted Source
No pesticides, chemicals, or enzymes are added or used at any point in the growing, harvesting, or production process of Nature’s Agave products and only heat is used to convert the plant juices into simple sugar. The nectar is never heated above 118 degrees Fahrenheit, which preserves its raw status as well as its naturally occurring enzymes, vitamins, and minerals. Nature’s Agave only uses the premium nectar from the Weber Blue Agave plant, from a source that sustainably and responsibly farms their supply in Jalisco, Mexico. Their certified organic and non-GMO raw product has also been independently tested and received a 17 rating on the Glycemic Index. We pride ourselves in using only the best of raw ingredients, and our trusted source for agave is no exception.
Making Healthy Choices
Over-consumption of sugar is an endemic problem in the American diet that health food producers and manufacturers continually attempt to address by providing healthier options that don’t sacrifice taste and quality of life. While all sugar consumption should be in moderation, replacing foods that contain refined sugars with treats that use small amounts of raw, natural sweeteners can have healthy and delicious benefits. Our line of Righteously Raw Chocolates features at least 80% raw cacao filled with antioxidant rich and superfood ingredients, boosting the body’s nutrients and contributing to the reduction of free radicals.
Earth Source Organics’ Commitment to Customer Health and Well-Being
Earth Source Organics is built upon the principle of providing delicious food with raw ingredients that are not only packed with superfood nutrients, but produced with social and environmental responsibility. We trust in the integrity of our sources and we are dedicated to producing only the best of foods in our allergen, nut, and gluten-free facility. Our number one priority is the well-being of our customers and it is our mission to help them lead happy, healthy lives.
Raw Agave FAQs
Why do you use Organic Raw Agave instead of other sweeteners?
Organic Raw Agave has several key benefits that align the organic sweetener as one of the major players in this global movement away from highly processed sugars and chemically produced artificial sweeteners. Agave Premium Nectar is 40 – 50% sweeter than sugar, so less is needed to achieve the desired sweetness, resulting in 33 – 50% reduction in sugar calories.
Agave contains long-chain prebiotic inulin. Recent studies on Agave inulin suggest significant health benefits, including the prevention of bone loss, controlled insulin production, weight loss, and maintaining a healthy digestive system. Agave also naturally contains Calcium, Iron and other trace minerals.
How is the Agave grown?
Agave is grown organically, without the use of pesticides, GMOs, hormones or fertilizers. Our agave growers use natural techniques to keep the agave fields free of pesticides or harmful chemicals during the growth, harvesting and production.
Is the Agave sustainably farmed?
Yes, as with all of our ingredients, our Agave is sustainably farmed. Social and economic responsibility is at the core of our brand. We work with agave growers who have a tradition for sustainable farming practices and generations of family history connected to the land. Young agave saplings are expertly harvested from mature agave and replanted in rested fields. Trimmings from each harvest are used as a natural soil conditioner. Fiber removed from milling is repurposed for other goods. Nature’s Agave supports the local farming communities and strives to create fair pricing for hard-working agave growers and their families.
What differentiates the Agave you use from other Agave sources?
Lower Glycemic Index (GI) than other Agave sources available. Our Agave source are the lowest rated on the Glycemic Index (rated 17). Other agave brands on the market rate from 28 – 35 on the GI. Low Glycemic foods do not spike insulin levels, and are considered Type-2 Diabetic friendly.
Who supports Agave?
All of the following support Agave:
- Dr. Andrew Weil – America’s Doctor (his sweetener of choice)
- Dr. Oz (promotes the use of agave on his show, and also on Oprah)
- Oprah (loves agave and mentions it frequently on her show)
- Ellen Degeneres (recently lost weight cutting out processed sugar and using agave)
- Giada De Laurentiis (arguably today’s top celebrity chef; sponsored by Target)
- Guy Fieri (Chef & Food Network star with several shows currently airing)