Agave Nectar: A Sweetener That is Even Worse Than Sugar… REALLY?

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Here’s an interesting article over at Authority Nutrition mentioning how Agave Nectar is more harmful than Sugar! I’ve heard this in the past but there a few key points in here that stick out:

Like many plants in their natural state, Agave probably does have some health benefits.

However, as is so often the case, when the product is processed and refined it tends to lose some (or all) of these beneficial health effects. This appears to be the case with the refined Agave sweetener that people are consuming today.

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The starting process is the same. They take the plant, then cut and press it to extract the sugary circulating fluid.

This fluid is high in sugar, but it also contains healthy compounds like fructans, which are linked to beneficial effects on metabolism and insulin (2).

However, when processed into a syrup, the manufacturers break the fructans down into fructose by exposing the sugary fluid to heat and/or enzymes (3, 4).

This process destroys all of the health promoting properties of the Agave plant, but instead produces the concentrated syrup available on store shelves that is falsely claimed to be healthy.

The manufacturing process is similar to how other unhealthy sweeteners are made, such as High Fructose Corn Syrup.

So… the sweetener sold as Agave nectar is NOT truly “nectar” – it is a refined, processed sweetener made from Agave nectar.

If worried about your sugar intake (we all should be!) please read more of the article to get more information on this interesting topic. Any comments? Please leave them before to discuss!

Lots of love,

Adrian

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