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Agave Nectar Organic
Also called century plant, this family of succulents grows in the southwestern United States, Mexico and Central America. Though poisonous when raw, agave has a sweet, mild flavor when baked or made into a syrup. Certain varieties are used in making alcoholic beverages. Agave Nectar is a natural food sweetener. It may be used to sweeten any type of beverage or food. It is derived from the carbohydrates present in the Agave plant through a totally natural thermic (heat) process with absolutely no chemicals. The most valuable part of the Agave plant is its sugars. By far the main carbohydrate is a complex form of fructose called inulin or fructosan. These carbohydrates are broken down to produce a syrup with a high content of fructose (approximately 70%). Fructose is a simple sugar found mainly in fruits and vegetables. It has almost 50% greater sweetness than sucrose. This gives Agave Nectar advantages in both the food industry and health of the consumer. Organic food is produced by farmers who emphasize the use of renewable resources and the conservation of soil and water to enhance environmental quality for future generations. Organic meat, poultry, eggs, and dairy products come from animals that are given no antibiotics or growth hormones. Organic food is produced without using most conventional pesticides; fertilizers made with synthetic ingredients or sewage sludge; bioengineering; or ionizing radiation. Before a product can be labeled "organic," a Government-approved certifier inspects the farm where the food is grown to make sure the farmer is following all the rules necessary to meet USDA organic standards. Companies that handle or process organic food before it gets to your local supermarket or restaurant must be certified,see Agave Nectar source: