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Madhava Organic Amber Agave, 23.5-Ounce (Pack of 6)

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About the Product
  • Madhava Organic Amber Agave is a delicious, all-natural alternative to processed sweeteners and is 1.4x sweeter than sugar, so you can use less
  • Low glycemic, vegan and gluten-free and is 100% pure agave
  • USDA certified Organic, Kosher, Non-GMO Project verified
  • Madhava Organic Amber Agave has a subtle maple flavor
  • Pack of six, 23.5-ounce bottles
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Product Description

Product Description

We have the blue agave plant to thank for this amazingly versatile and oh so friendly sweetener. What makes this sweetener so special? For starters, it's low glycemic so you don't have to suffer through another midday sugar crash. And it's 1.4x sweeter than sugar, so you can use less in your baking and cooking. This rich, dark, organic AMBER agave is perfect for replacing brown sugar, maple syrup or molasses. Of course, this beauty of a sweetener is brought to you by Madhava, so you can be sure it's all natural and free of any HFCS, chemicals, additives and other unsavory stuff. Just pure deliciousness.

Madhava Organic Agave Nectar--Amber is a pure and naturally-occurring sweetener made from the juice (aguamiel) of the agave plant grown in Mexico. Amber Agave offers a subtle, maple-like flavor making it a great addition to sauces, dressings, and marinades. Organic Agave Nectar Amber can be used in place of brown sugar, maple syrup, or molasses in most recipes. And, unlike most sweeteners, Agave Nectar has a low glycemic index to help prevent energy spikes. Better still, Agave Nectar is 1.4 times sweeter than sugar--allowing you to use less and reduce calories in your cooking. Organically grown, 100 percent pure with no additives of any kind, allergen free, and kosher-certified, Madhava Agave Nectar is a staple sweetener for any kitchen.

About Agave Nectar

The agave, also known as the "maguey" tree, is one of Mexican culture's most important plants, since it is a rare producer of liquid in the desert. The maguey has been called the "tree of wonders," and is believed to delay the aging process when consumed in the womb and throughout life. The natives of the northern valley of Mexico have been utilizing the plant's numerous properties for centuries. The plant's clear sap, known as aguamiel, is consumed for its nutritional value and is also refined into tequila and other beverages. Agave nectar is produced from the heart of the agave plant. The heart is removed from the plant by jimadores--harvesters with generations of knowledge--the juice is then rendered and undergoes a process known as hydrolysis, resulting in Agave Nectar syrup that is "sweeter than sugar and smoother than honey."

A Sustainable and Healthier Alternative to Refined Sugars

Organically grown agave plants are cultivated, tended, and harvested by hand. Agave nectar offers the lowest carbon footprint of any sweetener thanks to these generations-old, sustainable growing practices. The healthful properties of agave nectar are numerous:

  • Agave is 1.4 times sweeter than refined sugar, so less can be used for equal sweetening--resulting in fewer calories.
  • Agave's low Glycemic Index of 32 means it is less disruptive to blood sugar levels, so it doesn't create the "sugar rush" typical of other sweeteners.
  • Agave has no known allergens and is 100 percent gluten, nut, and dairy free.
  • Madhava Agave is grown using only natural fertilizers, employing agricultural practices that meet organic certification standards.
  • Madhava Agave is Kosher Pareve and has obtained the certificate from Scrol K.
About Madhava Natural Sweeteners

Madhava is a privately owned and operated company, dedicated to providing natural and healthy alternatives to highly processed, refined sugars, and artificial sweeteners. Founded in 1972 in Boulder, Colorado, Madhava's name derives from the Sanskrit word meaning "Born of Honey" or "Born of Light". Madhava sources its honeys, agave, and coconut products from sustainable, organic sources and small, family-owned beekeepers. Dedicated to providing the highest quality natural sweeteners available, Madhava is one of the first companies to make Agave Nectar widely available in the U.S.

Try Madhava Organic Agave Nectar--Amber in These and Other Recipes:

Fruit and Nut Granola Bars:
Makes 15 Bars

1/2 cup unsweetened applesauce
1 egg
3 cups old fashioned oats (not instant)
1/2 cup wheat germ
1/2 cup sliced almonds
1/3 cup dried cranberries
1/3 cup dried blueberries
1/3 cup dried cherries
1/2 cup diced dried apricots
1/2 cup Madhava Organic Coconut Sugar
1/2 cup Madhava Organic Agave Nector
1 tablespoon vegetable oil

Preheat oven to 350 degrees Fahrenheit.

Combine applesauce, egg, oil, Madhava Organic Coconut Sugar, and Madhava Organic Agave Nectar. Add in oats, wheat germ, and dried fruit.

Line a 13 by 9 inch pan with parchment. Press granola mixture down in pan until flat.

Bake for 15 to 20 minutes. Cool completely in pan. Once cooled, using parchment paper handles, remove from pan. Cut into 15, two-inch squares and serve. Store in an airtight container for up to a week.

Banana Bread:
Makes One Loaf

1/2 cup butter, softened
2/3 cup Madhava Organic Agave
2 eggs
1-3/4 cups all-purpose flour
1 teaspoon baking soda
1 teaspoon salt
1-1/4 cup mashed bananas
1/2 cup plain yogurt
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
1/2 cup pecans or walnuts chopped

Preheat oven to 350 Fahrenheit

Combine butter and sugar in a bowl and beat until mixed. Add in eggs and beat well. Add bananas, yogurt and vanilla until well mixed. Stir in nuts if using. Sift together flour, baking soda, and salt. Slowly add flour mixture into banana mixture until just combined, being careful not to over mix.

Grease a 9 by 5-inch loaf pan. Pour in batter and even out the top.

Bake for 50 to 60 minutes until cake tester comes out clean. Cool 10 minutes in loaf pan and then remove to cool completely on a wire rack. This recipe will brown more than bread made with granulated sugar.

Product Details

  • Item Weight: 4 pounds
  • Shipping Weight: 9.6 pounds
  • Domestic Shipping: Currently, item can be shipped only within the U.S. and to APO/FPO addresses. For APO/FPO shipments, please check with the manufacturer regarding warranty and support issues.
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  • UPC: 078314212358
  • Item model number: 543694
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (59 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #131,132 in Grocery & Gourmet Food (See Top 100 in Grocery & Gourmet Food)

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100% Pure Fair Trade Certified Organic Agave


Our organic agave is 1.4x sweeter than sugar, substitute 2/3 cup of agave for every 1 cup of sugar.

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19 of 19 people found the following review helpful By Willie on December 22, 2008
Agave is the best thing next to a slice of homemade bread. I use it in place of reg. white sugar. My mother is a type 2 diabetic and with agave she can have a full piece of her favorite Thanksgiving desert pumkin pie with no raise in her blood sugar. There is light and dark versions just like in maple syrup. I prefer the dark especially in baking and cooking I think it has more flavor. Try it in your oatmeal with cinnamon. You eat oatmeal because it is good for you so why not make it even better, trade brown sugar or yucky artificial sugar for a more healthy natural alternative. Check out for a complete history on agave.
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76 of 89 people found the following review helpful By DDDS on February 7, 2011
from Jonny Bowden, PhD, C.N.S.:

Agave syrup (nectar) is basically high-fructose corn syrup masquerading as a health food.

Sorry. Don't kill the messenger.

It's easy to understand how agave syrup got its great reputation. Even the word "Agave" has a fine pedigree, coming from the Greek word for noble. The blue agave species- considered the best for the making agave nectar -- flourishes in rich volcanic soil. (It's also the only variety permitted to be used for the making of tequila.) And extracts from the agave plant have been shown to have anti-inflammatory and antioxidant properties.

Unfortunately there's zero evidence that any of those compounds are present in the commercially made syrup.

Agave nectar is an amber-colored liquid that pours more easily than honey and is considerably sweeter than sugar. The health-food crowd loves it because it is gluten-free and suitable for vegan diets, and, most especially, because it's low-glycemic (we'll get to that in a moment). Largely because of its very low glycemic impact, agave nectar is marketed as "diabetic friendly". What's not to like?

As it turns out, quite a lot.

Agave nectar has a low-glycemic index for one reason only: it's largely made of fructose, which although it has a low-glycemic index, is probably the single most damaging form of sugar when used as a sweetener. With the exception of pure liquid fructose, agave nectar has the highest fructose content of any commercial sweetener.

All sugar -- from table sugar to HFCS (high-fructose corn syrup) to honey -- contains some mixture of fructose and glucose. Table sugar is 50/50, HFCS is 55/45. Agave nectar is a whopping 90 percent fructose, almost -- but not quite -- twice as high as HFCS.
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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful By R. Song on January 12, 2009
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Agave is very sweet and very mild, like corn syrup. If I have fruit that is a little bitter, I cut it up and put it in a bowl and then use 1/2 tbsp of agave for the whole bowl - stir well. The fruit loses the bitterness.

The best about agave is that it will dissolve in cold liquids. So, if your iced tea is not sweet enough, a squirt of agave will dissolve in it. No stirring forever trying to get sugar or honey to dissolve.

I use this instead of corn syrup in my cooking. I make sweet tea with it. It is very sweet and you don't need to use a lot. This is an excellent sweetener.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Judy W on May 2, 2011
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We've been getting agave from this seller for a while now. It was great, fresh,well stored, & really tasted good. The last 3 shipments have not been up to the standard. Two shipments tasted, & smelled, as if they were soured; so we returned them. The last shipment, which arrived a few days ago, is all foamy & tastes like plastic bottle. We plan on finding it somewhere else for a while; I'd rather pay a little more for it & actually be able to use & enjoy it. In our opinion it's gone from 5 Stars to 1 Star, or less.
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7 of 9 people found the following review helpful By L* on December 5, 2009
About 30-40% of the population of Central Europe has trouble digesting fructose. If you have trouble digesting fructose, it can cause a lot of unexplained abdominal pain.

This is almost 100% fructose.

Personally, I spent about two months with very bad, mysterious abdominal pain that seemed to be everywhere. After several weeks of doctor visits, discussions about IBS, and an abdominal ultrasound that came up normal, I started thinking about what was different in my diet: I had been using agave nectar in my tea several times a day. After throwing out the agave nectar and looking online for a list of lower fructose food, I changed my diet, a little.

The pain went away in a matter of days, and hasn't returned.

If you're using agave nectar and you have suddenly started having digestive issues, try getting rid of the agave nectar. For some people, this is really bad stuff.
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4 of 5 people found the following review helpful By J. Simmons on December 20, 2008
I have become a huge fan of agave nectar! It doesn't crystallize, like honey, and I use much less to sweeten my hot drinks. I also use it as a sweetener on cereal. I saw on TV that you can use it with sparkling water to create a healther soda, so I'll probably try that as well! Yum!
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7 of 10 people found the following review helpful By Samson on March 6, 2010
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I ordered a 6 pack of this and then started reading more indepth about what's in it. Since then, five bottles have been sitting in my trunk, but I can't think of who to give it away to. It's really kind of depressing because I had such high hopes for it because of the low glicemic index - and Madhava sounds like a great company. So, I don't want to ding their product over other forms of agave nectar.

It does taste GREAT and goes well in coffee. And, since fructose is 1.4 times sweeter than sugar, yes, you can use less of it and consumer fewer calories than table sugar for the same amount of sweetness. You might think that's good for weight loss.. and because of the high incidence of diabetes in my family, I thought the low glycemic index was good, too.

Then I saw "Sugar: the bitter truth" on youtube. Seriously, watch the whole thing. You're looking at this because you want a healthy alternative to sugar and high-fructose corn syrup. This isn't it.

Table sugar is half fructose and half glucose. Agave nectar is 95% fructose. Refined fructose is about as toxic to your liver as alcohol. Fructose can only be processed by the liver in a process that ends up creating uric acid (leads to gout), Nonalcoholic fatty liver disease (cirrhosis similar to being an alcoholic), VLDL cholesterol (the worst kind), increase your Triglycerides, liver insulin resistance, blocks hormones (lectin) that tell you you're full, and cause hypertension due to it's diminishment of nitrous oxide in your blood (which is what lets you regulate your blood pressure). And, according to this film, 30% of the calories end up as fat. So - you take in fewer calories because it's sweeter, but end up storing a larger percentage as fat.
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