What I found? Doctors are saying that, although agave nectar is low glycemic, it’s really no better for us than high fructose corn syrup.
Years ago, when I was sick, I purchased Agave Nectar for the first time at a local health food store. The clerk knew I was struggling with Metabolic Syndrome (Pre Diabetes) and blood sugar issues. She had a shocked look on her face and told me she is surprised I can tolerate agave nectar because a lot of diabetics can’t. That sparked my interest, so I went home an researched it.
What I found? Doctors are saying that, although agave nectar is low glycemic, it’s really no better for us than high fructose corn syrup. In fact, agave nectar is higher in fructose than High Fructose Corn Syrup!! But why does that matter? It matters because consuming too much fructose puts us at risk for obesity and weight gain. It affects how our body releases a hormone called leptin, which aids in appetite control, and also causes our body to store fat.
I stopped using Agave nectar immediately. Initially, I had to cut sugars out of my diet completely in order to exploit my body’s own natural healing capabilities. Now I’m able to tolerate sweeteners and my sweeteners of choice are honey, maple syrup, and jaggery 🙂
If you want more scientific information, Doctor Mercola shows lab results on agave nectar here, and explains why it’s not good for us. Doctor Oz explains it on his site here.
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