I must admit, agave syrup had even me fooled for four years. Not that I am all knowing and all seeing, but I do but a lot of personal work and research into everything I put into my mouth.
This one slipped past me until I kept hearing more and more about how agave syrup and agave nectar, those guys that we are seeing more and more of in the ingredient list of our favorite products, in not a natural product, and it is actually worse than high fructose corn syrup.
Below is the one paragraph version to sum it all up.
There was a food called "miel de agave" that the native Central Americans used for centuries. The modern day agave that is now being produced has nothing to do with Miel De Agave. The modern agave is merely a highly processed, concenrated fructose, similar to High Fructose Corn syrup, but often it is EVEN MORE CONCENTRATED THAN HIGH FRUCTOSE SYRUP!!!!!!.
Just as a refresher, all fruit contains fructose in it's natural state, but obviously nature has that small amount of fructose in perfect balance with the fiber, flesh, vitamins, and nutrients in the fruit. No where in nature is there fructose as concentrated as Agave Syrup and High Fructose Corn Syrup. The only natural product I have run across in this area is real maple syrup.
My personal favorite product I use when I need a thick liquid sweetener is an extremly healthy, tasty honey called Soliga Honey .
All this is so important because I am convinced these unnatural concentrated fructose syrups and sweeteners are one of the main roots of childhood obesity, adult obesity, and a myriad of other ailments.
Stay vigilant, big business has a knack for marketing unhealthy foods, and fooling is into believing they are healthy.