The conclusion is clear. Agave nectar is bad for you. It’s not traditional, not natural, highly refined, and contains more concentrated fructose than high fructose corn syrup.
The Must-Read Truth About Agave Nectar
Agave nectar is a liquid sweetener made from the agave plant. From the same plant that gives us tequila. In the 1990s, agave nectar was heralded as a low-glycemic alternative to sugar. But in fact the process in which they create agave syrup is exactly the same one by which high fructose corn syrup is produced.
Agave nectar consists primarily of fructose (around 90%) and glucose. Agave nectar’s glycemic index and glycemic load are comparable to fructose, which in turn has a much lower glycemic index and glycemic load than table sugar (sucrose). However, consumption of large amounts of fructose puts stress on your liver. It can be deleterious and can trigger fructose malabsorption, metabolic syndrome, hypertriglyceridemia, decreased glucose tolerance, hyperinsulinemia, and accelerated uric acid formation.
“The process by which agave glucose and inulin are converted into “nectar” is similar to the process by which corn starch is converted into HFCS. The agave starch is subject to an enzymatic and chemical process that converts the starch into a fructose-rich syrup—anywhere from 70 percent fructose and higher according to the agave nectar chemical profiles posted on agave nectar websites.
Compare that to the typical fructose content of high fructose corn syrup (55%)!
… Agave nectar is not traditional, is highly refined, and actually has more concentrated fructose than high-fructose corn syrup. It is not a “natural” sweetener. Thus far, the evidence definitely points toward the conclusion: Agave Nectar = Bad.”
More Reading about Agave Nectar:
Agave Nectar: Good or Bad? [foodrenegade.com]
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Is Agave Nectar a Healthy Sweetener? [butterbeliever.com]
Agave nectar, syrup, or sugar is a highly processed substance that is not in any way the same traditional food from which its manufacturers drew the inspiration to market it. Virtually none of the claims they make about it are even remotely true.
Agave: Nectar of the Gods? [westonaprice.org]
Agave nectar was first introduced to the U.S. market in Anaheim, California, at the 1995 Natural Products Expo West, the nation’s largest natural, organic and healthy products trade show. Marketeers have touted this tempting sweetener from Mexico for…
Article: Is Agave Nectar Good or Bad for You [spinachman.com]
Is Agave Nectar Good? Or, Is Agave Nectar Bad? The short answer to that question is simple: agave nectar is not a “natural sweetener.” Plus, it has more concentrated fructose in it than high fructose corn syrup.
Agave Nectar: Worse Than We Thought [westonaprice.org]
The Lowdown on High Fructose Corn Syrup and Agave “Nectar” High fructose corn syrup (HFCS) entered the market place in the early 1970s and within twenty years, accounted for over half the refined sweeteners used in the U.S. food supply.
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