Which is better for you: agave or honey? This question recently came up when prepping for baking so we thought we’d share the answer and you can decide between agave or honey when you need a natural sweetener.
Agave has 60 and honey has 64 – close enough not to matter.
Glycemic Index (GI)
Agave’s GI is 17 but honey’s is much higher at 60-74 on the GI scale.
Further, agave is about 1 1/2 times sweeter than honey so you need less of it.
On the other hand, one tablespoon of honey with its 64 calories does contain minerals (iron, copper, niacin, riboflavin, potassium and zinc) so it has more health benefits than agave.
Additionally, it is thought that consuming local honey helps counteract seasonal allergies because bees collecting local pollen spores. Taking 1 tablespoon a day provides gradual exposure to the spores, helping your immunity becomes stronger so fewer symptoms show up when the season hits full force.
Lastly, honey is actually an entry in eastern medicine’s Materia Medica of substances you take for health, and honey supports the lungs.
In conclusion, the next time you’re deciding whether to use agave or honey, unless you’re counting calories, honey is the better choice because it confers more health benefits.
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