agave nectar

I've heard that agave nectar has a low glycemic index. Is the amber better than the light variety (taste, glycermic index)? Is it safe to use as a sweetener in baby foods (where honey is not)? Can anyone recommend one brand over another

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stephaniekb July 27, 2011
I have to agree with KMucci that homemade baby food doesn't need added sweetener. I made all my son's baby food from scratch, using steamed, pureed veggies and fruit only (sometimes added some milk or formula for strong-tasting foods like broccoli. I'm happy to say that I have a 2 year old who will eat any veggie put in front of him, from avocado to bean sprouts to zucchini, and who doesn't have a strong sweet tooth (yet.)
 
lylebama July 26, 2011
Thanks for all the informative responses. Really enjoyed the foodpolitics website.
 
student E. July 26, 2011
article from the chicago tribune that may be helpful
http://articles.chicagotribune.com/2008-03-23/features/0803190502_1_agave-fructose-corn-syrup

honey shouldn't be given to children under 1 year because of the risk that it might contain the spores that cause botulism. this article suggests that most naturally derived sweetners, including agave, could contain the spores.
 
Kristy M. July 26, 2011
How old is your baby? Are you sure you want to be using sweeteners in baby food? I agree with boulangere's suggestion of talking to your pediatrician before doing anything.
 
Stephanie G. July 26, 2011
I think what hardlikearmour says is important. As per Marion Nestle, from her website "foodpolitics" "As for agave sugar as a substitute: it can have much higher concentrations of fructose than either sucrose or HFCS but its labels do not give percentages so you have no way to know how much. •Fructose: increasing evidence suggests that the metabolism of fructose–which differs from that of glucose–is associated with abnormalities. This means that it is best to reduce intake of fructose from table sugar as well as HFCS.


 
hardlikearmour July 26, 2011
It appears to be safe for babies. Do be aware that agave nectar has more fructose in it than high-fructose corn syrup.
 
boulangere July 26, 2011
Hmmm. That's a very good question. Being out of the infant phase for several years (the son and the daughter are both in college), the idea had never occurred to me. Give your pediatrician a call; he/she can give you good advice.
 
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