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Agave Extract 

Glycemic Index:11

Agave Extract is the natural food sweetener with the lowest Glycemic Index (GI).

Agave Extract is a new natural sweetener made from certified organic Agave using a heat process with absolutely no chemicals. The syrup is derived from the pineapple-shaped core of the wild Agave, a cactus-like plant native to Mexico, Best known for its use in making tequila. It consists of 90% fructosan (a complex form of fructose or fruit sugars) and 10% glucose. These sugars are absorbed into the body far more slowly than sucrose, decreasing the highs and lows associated with sucrose intake. It is therefore an ideal sweetener for people who want to lose weight, diabetics and hyperglycemic persons. And since Agave Extract is 50% sweeter than sucrose, you can use less and save on calories. 

What is GI?

The Glycemic Index ranks foods on how they affect blood sugar levels. It measures the uncrease in blood sugar 2-3 hours after eating.

GI is important because it indicate how quickly a food shows up as blood sugar. The lower the GI, the more time the body has to absorb the carbohydrate without overreacting.

 

 

Why is it important?

The modern diet is too high in fast-release carbohydrates. These high-GI sugars and starchy foods that the body converts into sugars are addictive. They enter the bloodstream very quickly, producing a "sugar rush." The normal (non-diabetic) body responds by overproducing insulin to break down or digest the excess sugar molecules as quickly as possible. This overcompensation reduces the blood sugar blow the optimum level, resulting in the "letdown" feeling called hypoglycemia. This, in turn, produces a craving for more carbohydrates--nature's attempt to redress the imbalance. The result of these pendulum swings is a continuing cycle that stresses the body, causes obesity and mood swings that make effective dieting extremely difficult.

For a Diabetic, the situation is even more extreme because the body cannot manufacture enough insulin to "take care" of excess blood sugar, and the consequences are catastrophic. 

Benefit of low GI diets:

bulletCan help people loss weights
bulletMay decrease the likelihood that middle-aged people will develop diabetes and heart disease.
bulletCan help control established diabetes
bulletCan improve the body's sensitivity to insulin
bulletMay help lower blood lipids

Low GI foods reduce the Glycemic Index of the meal as a whole!