A slightly sweet taste has been added to our Ningxia. With wolfberry and chokecherry in the bottle, and their sour, tart, somewhat bitter taste, a sweetener was necessary. When looking at sweeteners, Young Living weighed many options. Our previous recipe had agave as the sweetener. Here's the thing. When you add a sweetener, you boost the glycemic index of the product. Two small teaspoons of ordinary sugar have a glycemic index of 68. Now that may seem not too high, but would two teaspoons sweeten your Ningxia enough? Think about toxic soda with its sugar volume at a whopping 12 teaspoons for a tiny can. That is a teaspoon for each ounce. Now imagine if we did that to Ningxia. The bottle would have 25 teaspoons of sugar. That kind of negates all the health benefits we have been discussing, now, doesn't it?