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Oogavé Introduces All-Natural Agave Sweetened Soda

Oogavé, the leader in refreshingly delicious and healthy sodas sweetened with agave nectar, is changing the soda industry—for the better. The company’s line of all-natural certified organic sodas challenges the conventional soda status quo, and proves that amazing taste can be achieved without artificial ingredients or chemicals.

“Oogavé is a soda with integrity, made with simple, natural and organic ingredients,” said Stephen, aka, “Esteban,” Anson, founder of the company. “Most of the time, ‘soda,’ has a negative connotation, as the word usually describes sugar-laden beverages filled with chemicals and high-fructose corn syrup.

Oogavé is a ‘better-for-you’ option, allowing folks to enjoy a tasty, refreshing beverage without the junk.” What began as Esteban’s journey to find a healthy soda for his natural foods restaurant in Denver, Colo., led to the formation of one of the most innovative beverage companies in the United States. Frustrated with the lack of natural soda options on the market, Esteban began concocting his own creations, sweetened with agave nectar, an all-natural sweetener extracted from the agave plant, and serving them in his restaurant. With positive customer reviews and high demand for his sodas, Esteban began bottling Oogavé to share with the masses.

Today, Oogavé is distributed in nearly 40 states across the country, and the company continues to demonstrate that great tasting sodas don’t have to be made with chemicals and artificial ingredients.

As Oogavé is made with organic agave nectar, all of its sodas are low on the glycemic index, and are absorbed slowly by the body. Oogavé doesn’t have the same “sugar high and crash” effects as conventional sodas, and all products are organic, vegan, gluten free and kosher.

“Oogavé may be a great tasting beverage that can be enjoyed by everyone, but we’re about more than just soda,” said Gannon Merrell, Chief Finance Officer. “As a company, Oogavé strives to conduct business in a socially responsible way, make as little environmental impact as possible, and support our surrounding communities.”

As a company, Oogavé “walks their talk,” and is dedicated to supporting organizations that encompass a shared vision of health and well-being. Some of the organizations Oogavé supports include the Boys and Girls Club of America, Boulder County Schools, Colorado Public Universities and more. As Stephen puts it, “Oogavé is here to show that natural products and sound business practices can create positive change in the world, not only for human health, but for the environment and the societies in which we live.”For more Oogavé facts/info, please visit www.oogave.com.

Agave Fact Sheet

Agave (pronounced ah-GAH-vay), is best recognized as the plant from which tequila is made. Native to Mexico, the agave plant was prized by the Aztecs as a “gift from the gods,” and for thousands of years agave nectar has been used in food and beverages. This sweet nectar, also known as “honey water,” offers a naturally sweet flavor with many beneficial health properties. Today, agave is enjoyed in its raw form, and also as a sweetener in natural and organic foods and beverages.

Agave is a large, spiky plant that resembles cactus, and is a succulent similar to the Aloe Vera plant. When the agave has grown to 7-10 years old, the leaves of the plant are cut off, revealing the core of the plant (called the "pina"). Agave nectar, which is a “sap-like” substance, is harvested from the pineapple-like core of the agave plant, filtered, then gently heated to break down the plant’s carbohydrates into sugars. What remains is known as “agave nectar,” sometimes called “agave syrup,” which is sweet to the taste, similar to that of honey.

When compared to other sweeteners, agave has a very low-glycemic index. The glycemic index is a measure of the relative impact that foods have on blood sugar. High-glycemic foods that raise blood sugar quickly, such as sugar and corn syrup, which are traditionally used in sodas and snack foods, trigger the release of the hormone insulin. Excessive insulin and chronically high blood sugar and insulin levels are linked to a number of health disorders, including diabetes, weight gain, obesity, high cholesterol and blood pressure. In addition, agave doesn’t give you a “sugar high and crash” feeling like other sweeteners do, leaving the body feeling healthy and satisfied.

Not only is agave absorbed slowly by the body, agave nectar offers many other health benefits, such as trace minerals and inulin fiber. This natural sweetener also triggers insulin response within the body, providing a feeling of fullness and preventing over consumption. Because agave nectar has a high level of fructose, it is far sweeter to the taste than cane sugar or high fructose corn syrup, reducing the amount needed to sweeten food and beverages. In other words, “A little goes a long way.”

Because agave plants thrive with very little cultivation, almost all agave nectar is naturally organic, and grown without the use of pesticides, herbicides, fungicides or chemical fertilizers. Also, as the agave plant has been cherished by the Mexican culture through the ages, the plant is not genetically modified, offering pure, organic agave nectar for all to enjoy.

Oogavé uses the highest-quality, organic agave nectar available to sweeten their sodas. Not only does the company purchase agave nectar from sustainable farms, it ensures that farmers receive a fair wage for their agave. Oogavé never uses artificial sweeteners, chemicals or preservatives in their sodas, and is dedicated to providing the best “healthy” soda on the market, created naturally.

Article Reviewed: June 29, 2012
Copyright © 2014 Healthy Magazine

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