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.
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.
Editor, Patriot Health Alliance