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#1035125 - 11/26/10 12:10 AM Agave Nectar?
haleighallen
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Can gliders have agave nectar? Just wondering because I have some, and I think it would make a great licky treat smile

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#1035131 - 11/26/10 12:27 AM Re: Agave Nectar? [Re: ]
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I've never used it, but I've heard that it can be used, but apparently it has a high sugar content, so alternatives (like no sugar added applesauce, yogurt, etc) are better.

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#1035141 - 11/26/10 01:05 AM Re: Agave Nectar? [Re: ]
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I looked in to as a supplement/substitute for some of the honey in HPW since the companies made all these health claims about it. While I don't see a problem with giving them some if you want sweet sticky goo honey is healthier. Agave is high in sugars like fructose which are not so desireable and low in the sugars that trigger insulin response and a feeling of fullness. I'm not sure the exact relevance of that to gliders but in most other animals it means an increased risk of diabetes and being overweight. It's also lacking in many other nutrients found in honey and especially in raw honey or honey with bee pollen in it. Honey really is a fairly complicated food item with a lot of benefits. Some people have enough issue with giving honey and from my research even though gliders are resistant to things like diabetes agave would not be an improvement.
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#1035143 - 11/26/10 01:16 AM Re: Agave Nectar? [Re: ]
haleighallen
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well i don't intend to use it as a replacement for anything. just an occasional licky treat. you know, just put a little dab of it on my finger and let them lick it off

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#1035153 - 11/26/10 02:11 AM Re: Agave Nectar? [Re: ]
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I actually did a tiny bit of reading on agave nectar and it seems a though it actually helps to balance sugars to avoid that high to low feeling, like pricky pear does, and is actually recommended for diabetics.

I wouldnt use it as a substitute, but as a licky treat is fine. I sometimes mix it with acacia powder as a treat as well.
http://www.allaboutagave.com/
coudnt find nutritional data for calcium in the nectar itself, but actual agave is VERY high in calcium
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