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Agave: Guilt Free Sugar?

Posted May 31 2010 12:00am

Recently I have been encountering many people who use agave syrup because they are concerned with eating healthy. Many of these health conscious people seem to have the idea that they can use all the agave syrup they want. I have seen people eating very restrictive diets using agave liberally. Because of agave’s natural source and low glycemic index, there seems to be an agave syrup free for all going on and as it turns out, this might be a little misinformed.

….many brands of agave nectar are highly refined, containing almost 100 percent fructose , which is a higher percentage than that found in high fructose corn syrup (HFCS). Fructose is a sweetener known to raise triglycerides , promote belly fat, and contribute to fatty liver, obesity, diabetes, heart disease, and high blood pressure. ( Source )

Hmmm… Surprising, right? In goes on

“It’s almost all fructose, highly processed sugar with great marketing,” Dr. Ingrid Kohlstadt , a fellow of the American College of Nutrition and an associate faculty member at Johns Hopkins School of Public Health, told the Chicago Tribune . “Fructose interferes with healthy metabolism when (consumed) at higher doses,” she said. “Many people have fructose intolerance like lactose intolerance. They get acne or worse diabetes symptoms even though their blood [sugar] is okay.”

Agave nectar syrup is a triumph of marketing over science. True, it has a low-glycemic index, but so does gasoline that doesn’t mean it’s good for you. ( Source )

While the concept of all sugars being created equal may be a thing of a the past, I think there is still a bottom line: we should reduce our consumption of excessive and concentrated amounts of sugar, especially when trying to reach a healthy weight.

As always I do not advocate eliminating anything from one’s diet entirely, I am just sharing information.

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