Friday, September 10, 2010
Friday's Food for Thought: Agave Nectar: Not So Sweet
When we first got started on the Maker's Diet, we switched over all our white sugar in favor of Rapadura and raw honey. While shopping a Whole Foods, I saw something in the sweetener section called, "Agave nectar."
I was curious about it, but never bought it, because it's not listed in the Maker's Diet as an approved food. It just doesn't mention it.
In the last couple of years, however, I started hearing about it everywhere. It seems that agave nectar has become all the craze in the health food world. It's advertised as being a great choice for diabetics, and a safe and healthy sweetener for just about everybody.
Unfortunately, it turns out that not only is agave nectar not healthy, it is actually worse for you than high fructose corn syrup- which most health aficionados are working hard to avoid.
The reason is that it is incredibly processed-, and also insanely high in fructose content. (80% in some brands!) HFCS has a fructose content of 55%)
But don't take my word for it- check out these great articles from the Weston A. Price Foundation, and from Dr. Mercola.
If you want to know which sweeteners I recommend, check out my Guide to Natural Sweeteners.
Have a "sweet" weekend everyone! (Sorry, I couldn't resist!) ;)
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