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Old 10-09-2010, 04:03 PM   #1
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Subbing honey for agave

I am cutting out refined sugars, and have been subbing honey for sugar for some time now, but have recently been finding recipes calling for agave nectar. Unfortunately, I am allergic. Anyone know if honey and agave can be subbed in equal parts, or if there's a ratio to work with there?

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Re: Subbing honey for agave

This blog, Elana's Pantry, uses agave in a lot of the sweeter recipes. I remember reading through comments and seeing a lot of people didn't like the agave so would sub in honey. I think it was 1:1, but have a read through to check.
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Re: Subbing honey for agave

I don't use agave because I've heard differing views on it, some say it's even worse than high fructose corn syrup. Yes, you can substitute honey 1:1. Honey is sweeter so you may find that you can use a tad less honey than agave.
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I heard you can't give honey to LO's younger than 1.
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Re: Subbing honey for agave

Thanks so much for the input, mamas. Very helpful.

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I heard you can't give honey to LO's younger than 1.
It's true, you shouldn't give raw honey to children under 1 year because it can carry listeria. Luckily, I don't have any kiddos under 1 eating solids at the moment.
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I don't use agave because I've heard differing views on it, some say it's even worse than high fructose corn syrup. Yes, you can substitute honey 1:1. Honey is sweeter so you may find that you can use a tad less honey than agave.
I thought it was the opposite, that agave is a tad sweeter than honey? Regardless, I always substitute them 1:1.
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so do you substitute 1:1 honey for sugar in all recipes? i find this interesting and may try it. is there a big difference?
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Thanks so much for the input, mamas. Very helpful.



It's true, you shouldn't give raw honey to children under 1 year because it can carry listeria. Luckily, I don't have any kiddos under 1 eating solids at the moment.
It's not listeria you have to worry about in honey, listeria is found in small quantites in cold meats.
Honey can harbor spores not bacteria. The spores can then develop into thriving cultures of bacteria once in an infants GI tract because of the lack of normal flora (probiotics). So honey can, just possibly cause botulism, but it's a long shot. My dd got ahold of a honey stick when she was 9 months old and ate it all (plastic included) and was luckily okay.

Does anyone know if agave can harbor spores like honey can? Oh that sounds like an interesting topic to research...
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