The Truth About Agave
Posted: Apr 21 2015
Agave Nectar has previously held a pretty good reputation in the health and wellness space because its…
1.) Gluten Free;
3.) And low-glycemic (meaning many believed it was ‘diabetic friendly’).
However, as more research has surfaced, many dietitians and health professionals are reconsidering their stance on Agave.
As Dr. Mehmet Oz states, “We used to think that because agave has a low-glycemic index and doesn’t spike your blood sugar like regular sugar does, it would be a good alternative for diabetics. But it turns out that although it doesn’t contain a lot of glucose, it contains more fructose than any other common sweetener, including high-fructose corn syrup.”
And as most people now know, high levels of fructose can have some seriously negative effects on the body, including:
-Risk of weight gain, especially belly fat;
-Increase insulin resistance for both diabetics and non-diabetcis;
-Poses a danger to your cardiovascular system;
-Could increase your risk for metabolic syndrome and heart disease.
Now, we know what you may be thinking…what about the fructose that’s found in fruit?
Fear not, because as Dr. Jonny Bowden explains “Fructose — the sugar found naturally in fruit — is perfectly fine when you get it from whole foods like apples (about 7 percent fructose) — it comes with a host of vitamins, antioxidants and fiber. But when it’s commercially extracted from fruit, concentrated and made into a sweetener, it exacts a considerable metabolic price.”
So, what’s our final stance on Agave?
Of course, small amounts won’t kill us, but we aren’t buying into the idea that it’s better for us than any other sugar anymore.
The good news is, agave is not the only natural sweetener available to help cure your sweet tooth. As an alternative, you can try raw honey that has less fructose than most agave and has anti-viral, antibacterial and anti-fungal properties. Raw honey promotes body and digestive health, is a powerful antioxidant, strengthens the immune system and helps to eliminates allergies. It's also an excellent remedy for skin wounds and other types of infections.
Do you have any good recipes that include honey as a natural sweetener? We’d love to hear what you have to say!