At VivAgave, we use only all natural and organic ingredients—never any preservatives or artificial flavors, colors, and sweeteners. All of our organic products are produced under the strictest quality controls to ensure our customers are purchasing only the highest quality items.
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FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS
Q: What is Vivagave Organic Blue Agave Inulin?
A: Vivagave Organic Blue Agave Inulin is an organic dietary soluble fiber. Agave inulin is not insulemic, will not raise triglycerides; making Agave inulin a low glycemic product. Additionaly, as a soluble fiber, Agave inulin can be used to aid in the benefit of "good" intestinal bacteria.
Q: What are Organic Blue Agave plants?
A: We consider Blue Agave plants to be a "SLOW FOOD" due to the time necessary for a mature plant to produce sufficient sap for Agave Inulin production. Blue agave, is an agave plant that is an important economic product of Jalisco state in Mexico due to its role as the base ingredient of tequila, a popular distilled spirit.
The tequila agave grows natively in Jalisco, favoring the high altitudes of more than 1,500 m and sandy soil. Commercial and wild agaves have very different life cycles. Both start as a large succulent, with spiky fleshy leaves, which can grow to over two meters in length. Wild agaves sprout a shoot when about five years old which grows into a stem up to five metres and topped with yellow flowers.
The flowers are pollinated by a native bat (Leptonycteris nivalis) and produce several thousand seeds per plant. The plant then dies. The shoots are removed when about a year old from commercial plants to allow the heart to grow larger. The plants are then reproduced by planting these shoots; this has led to a considerable loss of genetic diversity in cultivated blue agave.
Researchers from Mexico's University of Guadalajara believe blue agave contains compounds that may be useful in carrying drugs to the intestines to treat diseases such as Crohn's disease and colitis.
Q: What is the scientific chemical composition of Agave Inulin and what are the overall benefits?
A: Please read below Abstract from the Journal of Nutrition.
Inulin is a term applied to a heterogeneous blend of fructose polymers found widely distributed in
nature as plant storage carbohydrates. Oligofructose is a subgroup of inulin, consisting of polymers with a degree of polymerization (DP) 10. Inulin and oligofructose are not digested in the upper gastrointestinal tract; therefore, they have a reduced caloric value. They stimulate the growth of intestinal biﬁdobacteria. They do not lead to a rise in serum glucose or stimulate insulin secretion. Several commercial grades of inulin are available that have a neutral, clean ﬂavor and are used to improve the mouthfeel, stability and acceptability of low fat foods. Oligofructose has a sweet, pleasant ﬂavor and is highly soluble. It can be used to fortify foods with ﬁber without contributing any deleterious organoleptic effects, to improve the ﬂavor and sweetness of low calorie foods and to improve the texture of fat-reduced foods. Inulin and oligofructose possess several functional and nutritional properties, which may be used to formulate innovative healthy foods for today’s consumer. J. Nutr. 129: 1402S–1406S, 1999.
Q: What is Vivagave Organic Inulin used for?
A: Vivagave Organic Inulin is used to replace fat, sugar, and flour (within limitation). Add 1-2 Tbsp. of Vivagave Inulin to all foods, beverages, etc…and mix/blend thoroughly.
Q: What is the best way to mix/blend Vivagave Organic Inulin?
A: As a soluble fiber, Agave inulin mixes well into either hot or cold liquids. Ideally, mix agave inulin into hot liquids for maximum distribution. For cold liquids, Agave Inulin requires a bit more agitation. Mix in blender for best results. For food, mix Agave inulin in small amounts as desired, until fully distributed.
Q: How much Vivagave Inulin should a person consume per day?
A: According to the research from the Journal of Nutrition (cited below) 5 grams to 20 grams per day (1-2 Tbsp) have demonstrated results.
Journal of Nutrition
Dramatic positive shifts in the composition of microﬂora have been shown through in vivo human studies at doses between 5 and 20 g/d, generally over a 15-d period (Fig. 1: Gibson et al. 1995), (Kleessen et al. 1994, Menne et al. 1997, Wang 1993, Wang and Gibson 1993). 0022-3166/99 $3.00 © 1999 American Society for Nutritional Sciences.
Q: Is Vivagave Organic Inulin products Gluten Free?
Q: Is Vivagave Organic Inulin products 100% Organic?
A: Yes, 100% Organic.
Q: Is Vivagave Organic Inulin products Kosher?
Q: Where is Vivagave Organic Inulin made?
A: Vivagave Organic Blue Agave inulin is harvested and packaged in the Agave rich producing state of Jalisco, Mexico.