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Calories in Agave Nectar

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Ellen Douglas has written on food, gardening, education and the arts since 1992. Douglas has worked as a staff reporter for the Lakeville Journal newspaper group. Previously, she served as a communication specialist in the nonprofit field. She received her Bachelor of Arts from the University of Connecticut.
Calories in Agave Nectar
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The agave plants of Mexico and Southwestern U.S. are rich in natural sugars. The main product produced from the plants, other than tequila, is a kind of syrup known as agave nectar. The nectar has a lower glycemic index than table sugar.

Basic Calorie Information

Agave nectar, also known as agave nectar, contains 20 calories per tsp. One tbls. of the nectar is about 60 calories.

Analyzing calories

It may be misleading to compare the calories in 1 tsp. of sugar to 1 tsp. of agave nectar, because the nectar’s sweetness means that you can use less. Sugar contains 16 calories per tsp., while honey has 21 and maple syrup has 17 calories per tsp. However, agave is about 1.5 times sweeter, so you will probably need less of it than an equivalent sweetener. In addition, the nectar’s ability to add moisture and richness to baked goods may enable you to eliminate more fat and calories by reducing the amount of butter or shortening you use.


Some agave species bear stalks, which can be eaten, including asparagus. A serving of cooked agave contains 135 calories, according to the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Nutrient Database.

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