View Full Version : A question about agave produced under 118 degrees
03-03-2012, 07:43 PM
I know there have been some discussion on agave but I didn't want to hog someone else's thread (something that I do sometimes- so sorry about that!).
I don't use agave much as I tend to enjoy stevia plant or dates when I need something sweeter than fruit, but I do use it on occasion (I used it a lot in the beginning of my raw journey). But recently I ordered some agave off of Amazon and it states that it's raw. I've had other agave nectars that state they were raw, but this one also states that it's been produced at temperatures below 118 degrees, something the others did not state.
The other agave nectars I've gotten have been darker and thicker. This one is a bit thinner and lighter in color.
Do you think this is truly raw then, compared to others that might state they are raw but are not? If they state that they process it under 118 degrees, are they held accountable for that statement?
What are your thoughts on this?
Thanks so much in advance! :heart :heart
03-03-2012, 07:45 PM
Here are some pictures of the container:
03-03-2012, 07:46 PM
And a couple more:
Sorry the one picture talking about the 118 degrees is so blurry.
03-04-2012, 12:03 AM
I don't know if they are accountable and I don't know if it's raw.
You can only go by what they say and there is a process whereby the nectar is produce by boiling under pressure. The amount of pressure used is enough for boiling point to happen at a very low temperature - at least that is how I understand the process to take place.
On the whole I would trust the statement "processed under 118 degrees" more than a random label that just says "raw".
Agave is however highly processed which removes it from the realms of natural in my book.
03-04-2012, 09:08 PM
yep to what Georgina said about "natural" and also want to add that there is controversy, not only over the "raw" state, but whether agave is even good for the body because of what it might do to the blood sugar and such. I used it a great deal in the beginning of my journey, too, but since the jury is out on whether it's raw AND whether it's good for me, I try to avoid it.
Just my 2 cents.
03-05-2012, 01:19 AM
Thanks for responding, guys. I've been doing more reading on agave in general and I think I'm coming to the same conclusion. Time to dispose of it completely, I think!
03-05-2012, 01:42 AM
ive not read deep into agave topic as upon first taste didnt like so dropped it . but just from above pics seeing plastic containers i opt out .
when i use a sweetner , which is only for almond mylk smoothies say like 10 times a month , i use pure maple syrup in glass bottles .
its only straight from earth boiled tree sap so im good with it in reasonable amounts . and for my tastes its like 100 times better tasting than any other sweetner
Raw Angel Mom
03-05-2012, 03:42 AM
I used either the honey my friend produce, maple syrup and on rare occasion raw agave just to finish what i have. I don't plan to buy any agave again. It is a pure fructose and is far more armful for me then maple syrup even not raw. I can eat fruits alone and a huge amount but doing too much raw agave doesn't agree with me. It will be ok and i would say everything in moderation. I tend to use also date to sweet.
I feel that if this help you to stick to raw food live style, then it is a great purchase. I tend to eat simple and my goal is to just eat as mother nature offer our food. In the mid time, i blend, juice and mix.
All the best
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