Journal of Agriculture & Food Chemistry Publishes Agave Quality Assurance Article

Updated September 26, 2012

As part of the IOAA Agave Quality Assurance program, IOAA is pleased to announce a benchmark article has been published by the Journal of Agriculture & Food Chemistry.

FREEPORT, ME/August 29, 2012 – The American Chemical Society has published a benchmark study of agave syrup, a natural sweetener that has gained popularity in recent years.

The study, published in the ACS Journal of Agricultural and Food Chemistry on August 21, 2012, establishes the scientific profile of agave syrup and means to confirm quality assurance. An abstract is available here.

The article, titled “Major Carbohydrate, Polyol, and Oligosaccharide Profiles of Agave Syrup. Application of this Data to Authenticity Analysis” establishes the quality and purity baseline as well as testing methodologies to assure the same.

Publication of these research university findings by the leading scientific authorities in the food chemistry community provides consumer, industry and laboratories means to assure agave syrup quality.

Dr. Nicholas Low and Jamie L. Willems of the Department of Food and Bioproduct Sciences at the University of Saskatchewan authored the benchmark study. An internationally recognized authority in the areas of food chemistry, analysis and nutraceuticals, Dr. Low’s expertise includes carbohydrate chemistry, food authenticity, and traceability.

The study was funded by the Natural Sciences and Engineering Research Council of Canada (NSERC) discovery grant (NHL), a NSERC USRA scholarship (J.L.W.), and the International Organic Agave Alliance (IOAA).

The IOAA funding contribution to the University of Saskatchewan for this project was made possible by the special funding provided by IOAA Charter Sponsor – Best Ground, Guadalajara Mexico,  and Founding Charter Sponsor – Tradin Organics USA Inc. Santa Cruz, California, a subsidiary of SunOpta.

This joint effort of the Canadian government and IOAA furthers the industry-wide effort to confirm, by a scientific, fact-based means, that agave syrup is a quality assured alternative sweetener to be used every day.

A copy of the purity study can be obtained at the ACS Publications website noted above at $35 for non-members of the American Chemical Society.

Detailed information about the study is below and in the GotAgave post of July 1, 2012.


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