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Q: Some of the Nancy' s products are sweetened with agave. What is agave?

Agave is the "blue cactus" that is well known as the source of tequila. It's actually from the lily family, not a cactus at all. The plant has a starchy core which, when crushed, releases enzymes that convert starch to a simple sugar. The sugar is then boiled to form a syrup (much like the way maple syrup is made). We use this pure organic agave syrup to sweeten some of our soy yogurts, fruit flavored organic lowfat kefir and nonfat vanilla yogurt. It has a light taste and registers very low on the glycemic index.