If you have been to our demonstration, you might have noticed us using Agave Nectar as our sweetener for our juices and frozen desserts. We try to keep our demonstrations Vegetarian/Vegan, meaning we stray away from using any meat, dairy, or animal products. Out of the sweeteners that are appropriate for such diets, we choose to use Agave because it has a neutral flavor, and doesn't affect the taste and flavor of our recipes too much.
The agave plant is actually a type of succulent, and when the sap is processed, we get what is called Agave Nectar, which is what we end up using in the demos. Fun fact: if you ferment the sap, it turns into tequila!
Some people like using agave nectar because it has a low glycemic index, meaning it will not spike one's blood pressure right away. Please note that this does not mean it will not spike your blood sugar at all; all sugars will raise your blood sugar levels, but it's just a matter of how quickly. So even though some diabetics enjoy using agave nectar as a sweetener, it is still used sparingly.
That being said, agave is not necessary to use as your sweetener at home! Using any type of sugar in any amount is a judgement call. In fact, at our house, we don't add in any extra sugars and sweeteners other than what is found inside the fruits we add. Next time I will write about other sugar substitutes you may use at home!