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Agave nectar; Good or Bad?

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In reply to an earlier post on Jun 19, 2012 11:43:49 AM PDT
Alex B. says:
Ras HOR-AHA, I would like more info if at all possible. Could you please let me know your thoughts and opinions.

Posted on Jun 19, 2012 3:35:28 PM PDT
Vsandiford says:
Everyone should limit sweets, whatever kind of sweetner. Use sparingly. AS for Agave -- for the most part it is not genetically modified like HFCS. over 90% of the corn produced in this country is genetically modified, so if you're eating HFCS, it is likely genetically modified. so that's one plus for the agave.

mix them up - use local honey sometimes (may help guard against seasonal allergies); maple syrup (heated, not raw) - a local, renewable sweetner; rice syrup, etc.

In reply to an earlier post on Jun 24, 2012 5:34:02 PM PDT
Brian says:
If you want "sugar" which is better than ordinary table sugar, and you like it in a liquid form, then I recommend honey. Much better and healthier than agave syrup which is mostly fructose.

In reply to an earlier post on Feb 18, 2013 5:52:20 PM PST
EarthGirl says:
There is NO benefit to using agave or other syrups over table sugar crystals NONE!!! It even has a higher fructose component and is rapidly digested as it is not bound to the glucose as with table sugar. It is also a higher cost. The GI value for honey is similar to sugar. Most sweeteners taste sweet because of fructose. Glucose is much less sweet.

Heat and enzyme processed sweeteners such as agave and corn syrup create free fructose as the process converts undigestible bound 'sugars' from the fibre into absorbable sugar. Sugarcane is renewable and much cheaper to use, and I think non 'GM' too (?).

Mixing them up is what manufacturers do on labels and it deliberately disguises the actual sugar content of the product. The more variety of sugars in the diet, the more likely to exceed the total that the body can use in any one meal and also over the day!

In reply to an earlier post on Feb 18, 2013 5:54:46 PM PST
Last edited by the author on Feb 18, 2013 6:00:06 PM PST
EarthGirl says:
Sweeteners are easily over-consumed no matter the source, or our justification for using them. Concentrates of fructose including agave / table sugar / honey are poor health choices and always are converted to fats as the body cannot immediately use the energy it provides beyond very small quantities. The max fructose per day is only 25 grams (and that is to be spread across meals (to consume in between causes insulin to turn off fat burning and contributes to weight gain in direct proportion to intake). Excess fructose produces uric acid and contributes to kidney disease, the fats it produces contributes to insulin resistance and liver and heart disease. See The Sugar Fix

In reply to an earlier post on Feb 18, 2013 5:58:10 PM PST
Last edited by the author on Feb 18, 2013 5:58:26 PM PST
EarthGirl says:
Sugar of any sort is unhealthy to drink. It is far to concentrated.
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