Is agave healthy?

You know how I feel about sugar.

It’s addictive. It’s bad for you. For your waistline, your blood sugar… really, there’s not much good that comes from it.

With all the bad news coming out about sugar, it seems Americans are finally paying attention.

A nationwide survey found that 7 in 10 are reading the labels of their foods, looking at the sugar content before buying.

And nearly half of those who responded really want to cut back in how much sugar they eat daily.

That’s a good thing because the average American eats almost 89 grams of sugar each day… nearly FOUR TIMES the amount the World Health Organization and American Heart Association suggest you eat.

One of the ways folks have started to reduce their sugar intake is by swapping it out with more natural alternatives.

Like agave syrup, also called agave nectar.

Agave nectar is a sweetener processed from the blue agave plant.

It’s sweeter than white sugar and has about the same amount of calories.

Since it’s low on the glycemic index, it doesn’t spike your blood sugar like regular white sugar.

Sounds great, right?

Not so fast.

You see, when agave is processed to make syrup, it turns primarily into fructose.

In fact, 70-90% of agave syrup is fructose.

Now, fructose as a component of whole fruits is just fine.

Fructose on its own… not so good.

Because your body quickly converts fructose to fat, and that can lead to weight gain.

Also, since this conversion to fat takes place in the liver, your triglyceride levels can rise, and you’re at greater risk of developing fatty liver disease.

It’s pretty much the same as what happens to your body when you eat foods with high fructose corn syrup.

No, thanks.

When I’m looking to sweeten up something I’m eating or baking, I use stevia or raw honey.

Raw honey has an abundance of antioxidants and has been linked to a host of health benefits, from healthy blood pressure and cholesterol levels to wound healing.

Pure stevia comes from the leaves of Stevia rebaudiana plant and has no calories and a glycemic load of zero.

Look, I’m glad that people are slowly waking up to the dangers of sugar, and starting to do something about it in their lives.

Just be sure to look out for those “healthier” alternatives, like agave nectar, as they may just end up doing more harm than good.

God Bless,

Jeff Reagan

Editor, Patriot Health Alliance

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6 thoughts on “Is agave healthy?

  1. Jeff
    I am using a product that is a combination of agave, stevia and monk fruit called Madhava Organic Agave 5, which allegedly has only 5 calories and 1 gr of sugar per tsp. Curious of what you think of that type of product.

  2. I have considered writing this for some time. Everything I taste with stevia tastes too sweet to me, and I am not sure I don’t react to stevia with increased congestion (both sinus and bronchial). Whenever I try something new, I give myself several days “to not feel good.” I started with a few drops of Digestive Freedom Plus. At the time part of my morning routine was deep breathing (both in and out). There was a noticeable decline with Digestive Freedom Plus. If I forgot the Digestive drops, the breathing was better. I ordered it because I felt I was not assimilating my food well enough & thought it would help. I think it does that. I now take about 8 drops a day.
    I also got some protein from you. It tastes too sweet & it seems to cause more congestion. You are not the only company using stevia. When I was going to have some extensive dental work done, I bought a meal substitute from TriVita. The only way I could handle it was to mix it with half unsweetened whey protein.
    I wasn’t as sensitive to the congestion when I was doing that several years ago.

    A little about me. My main problem with sweets is not diabetes. And I don’t need to loose weight (under 5 ft. and about 100 lbs.). In the 90’s I was diagnosed with many problems, which now I classify as autoimmune. My aunt gave me a book by Gloria Gilbare about invisible illnesses. The section on candida problems really struck a cord. I had had a severe reaction to an antibiotic in 1987, like it stripped the skin in my digestive tract. My stomach and more hurt so I always was eating (not sweets so much as whole grain crackers). I also ate other high carb foods because they felt good (for a little while until my stomach hurt again). I went on the diet the book suggested. Wow! The pain in my stomach disappeared as well as the extreme nasal congestion, my eyes dripping pus, the fatigue and the symptoms of fibromyalgia. I have been very careful about sweets and carbs since then. Usually any sweets are from the whole fresh fruit. And when symptoms flare up, I cut back on fruit also. Sometimes it seems candida likes artificial sweeteners.
    On a side note about pus in my eyes. Several years later I wasn’t as careful and my eyes had pus. My ophthalmologist prescribed antibiotic drops. I was grouching about it, so he cultured it. A few days later he was totally bewildered because there was no bacteria in the pus.

    It just seems that something as sweet as stevia makes things would exacerbate people’s sweet tooth problem. In fact I believe part of the problem is everything is made sweeter these days. I just wish that your products that sound so good for a person did not taste so sweet.

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