I’ve tried Sohgave! Blueberry Flavor Agave Syrup liquid on pancakes, waffles, and to sweeten and flavor drinks and cereals. I’ve found this organic, blue agave nectar-based sweetener a curious alternative to table sugar and corn syrup-based syrup products. It has 60 calories per tablespoon, and tastes equivalent in sweetness to honey. However, the blueberry flavor seems milder (weaker) than other blueberry syrups sampled.
The big difference however, between Sohgave! Blueberry Agave Syrup and more traditional syrups is its lower glycemic index (GI). With a GI of 17, this makes this sweetener more acceptable for diabetics (in small amounts) as a sugar alternative. The GI of more common blueberry syrups on the other hand, approaches 54. Thus, a given amount of Sohgave! blueberry syrup triggers a lower blood-sugar spike and therefore, less of a “sugar high” than do other, more highly processed sugar products.
But, though the GI in the Sohgave! agave syrup is lower than other sugar sources, remember that this is still a concentrated form of sugar (fructose). This, in my experience, products like this can make you crave more of them. So use this in moderation.
Benefits, Features, Pros, and Advantages
- This flavored agave nectar has a subtle and pleasant blueberry aroma, that is similar to Smucker’s blueberry flavored syrup.
- Indeed, to me, this Sohgave! blueberry flavored agave syrup tastes almost identical to other blueberry syrup products such as the Smucker’s syrup, except that the blueberry flavor is slightly less dominant.
- This blueberry syrup is clear yet dark red or maroon in color; resembling blueberry juice though somewhat lighter than actual blueberry juice.
- As a beverage sweetener, this agave product dissolves quickly in drinks, and I truly savor its natural blueberry flavor on my whole-grain pancakes.
- Sohgave! syrup needs stirring only once into drinks, as it does not separate after it’s completely dissolved.
- It’s got a syrupy consistency (would you expect anything else?), that’s about as thick as plain agave nectar.
- Thus it can season pancakes with no appreciable difference in texture than other blueberry syrups.
- So, it can replace higher GI blueberry syrup products on pancakes and waffles with little perceptible difference to the palate.
- I’ve noticed no intestinal or stomach problems from Sohgave! Blueberry Flavor Agave Syrup.
- A fan of blue agave nectar, I’m pleased that through products such as Sohgave blueberry Flavor Syrup, agave nectar is indeed coming into more mainstream food markets.
Disadvantages, Cons, Concerns, and Problems
- If spilled, this product can draw bugs, just as spilled sugar or sugary syrup might. Like sugar, caution must be exercised in clean-up that you leave no sticky simple sugars around that could attract roaches and ants.
- As this Sohgave! blueberry Flavor Syrup is newer than the more traditional brands, it can be hard to find in local grocery stores. However, I shop at a Walmart Super Center close by that carries it reliably.
- Sohgave! can be more expensive per pound than sugar or corn syrup-based products. I currently pay roughly $4.50 for one seventeen-ounce bottle, which lasts a week or two when used exclusively in my almond drinks, waffles, and pancakes. I’m hoping that as agave syrup moves into the mainstream grocery stores (as more customers learn of its health benefits due to its lower GI), that its price will drop accordingly.
I’m pleased overall with this Sohgave! blueberry syrup, and would thus rate it at 92 out of 100. It tastes great, but there’s still very much sugar here; especially of the fructose kind.
Where To Buy Sohgave! Blueberry Flavor Agave Syrup
Look for the transparent plastic bottles with the red, orange, white, and blue labels at your favorite bigger grocer’s store; including Walmart and some health food places. and I think you’ll agree that you need do without no good taste to get the advantages of agave nectar in this product.
- 2014-11-25: Added whitespace, fixed some typos, and adjusted ad placement.
- 2012-02-29: Originally published.