What is Mexican Blue Agave?
Mexican Blue Agave (also known as agave tequilana & agave azul) is sourced from the Blue Agave plant which grows in abundance in Mexico, and in particular in Jalisco, where it is a very important economic product and base ingredient of the popular distilled spirit, Tequila. Traditional Mexican societies have revered Blue Agave for hundeds of years, where it has been (and still is) consumed seasonally as a raw natural form of sugar. These days, Blue Agave is often substituted for sugar and honey, and dissolves quickly, making a popular choice to sweeten cold Drinks like iced Tea.
What are the health benefits of Mexican Blue Agave?
There is much debate over the potential health benefits of Mexican Blue Agave, however what is evident is that Blue Agave flourshes in rich volcanic soil, making this form of Agave nectar a source of Vitamins & Minerals. It is also Gluten Free and suitable for vegan diets because it's low-glycemic. Traditional medicine cultures are believed to have used Blue Agave as a Digestive Aid, and the plants extracts for their Antioxidant and anti-inflammatory properties.
While there is some negative press surrounding Blue Agave, it's important to simply remember that Agave is a Sweetener with the same number of calories as sugar, and like all sweeteners, should be consumed sparingly.