AGAVE NECTAR AND SUGAR

Posted: March 11, 2022 in Food, Uncategorized
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High fructose corn syrup…agave…manufacturers of both would have you believe they are healthy alternatives to cane sugar. But are they? 
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Using words like “organic” and “all natural” on their labels, the producers of agave want you to think that you can pretty much squeeze this crap right into your mouth. But, as the old “X-Files” TV show used to say: the truth is out there…
Agave nectar comes from the agave plant, the same plant they make tequila with. The glycemic index (amount of glucose) of agave sweeteners is low, and they’re using this as a marketing tool to convince diabetics that it’s a safe alternative to sugar. Problem is, although it has little glucose, it’s almost 97% fructose, another sugar that’s bad for your health…so much so that the American Diabetes Association has changed their mind about recommending agave as a sugar substitute. Agave sweeteners are highly processed sugars with big marketing money behind them. All the babble about “organic” and “natural” on the label really means nothing if you process the hell out of the product. 
Why is fructose so bad for your health? In the old days, the only fructose we consumed was in our fruits and vegetables, and so the percentage in our diets was really low. But these days, with Americans guzzling unhealthy sodas and fruit and energy drinks full of high fructose corn syrup (and it being hidden inside many packaged and canned foods–just read the label), we consume far more than our bodies can handle. Here’s an interesting fact: the average weight of Americans has gone up steadily since the 1970’s, when high fructose corn syrup was first introduced, and has increased point-for-point as the amount of foods containing high fructose corn syrup have increased.
Some of the carbs we eat are made up of chains of glucose. If too much of it gets to the bloodstream, our blood sugar spikes and our body secretes insulin to regulate it. Not so with fructose. Fructose gets processed in the liver. When there’s too much fructose for the liver to handle, it changes it into fats and dumps it into our bloodstream as triglycerides and cholesterol. This is really bad because triglycerides and cholesterol cause heart disease. And fructose does not trigger the normal hormones that regulate your appetite: you don’t feel full. So guess what? You crave more!
High fructose corn syrup is used in just about everything…and the reason why is simple: it’s cheap. (Farm subsidies for corn made that possible years ago and now we’re addicted.)
 
What about basic sugar? Cane sugar is half fructose, half glucose…about the same as high fructose corn syrup (which is 55%/45%)…but both are less than agave at 97% fructose.
I try to limit my intake of cane sugar, honey, and maple syrup…and I never buy agave or products with high fructose corn syrup. I eat whole fruits…no juices, juice concentrates, juice drinks or sports drinks.
So are sugar substitutes and diet sodas the answer? Not really. They can come with their own set of problems. Natural sweeteners, like Truvia, are a step in the right direction. But that’s a whole ‘nother blog…
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  1. this was so informative thank you!!

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