Thursday, June 19, 2008

Agave Nectar . . . found only in the Health Food Store so it must be healthy, right?

Wrong.

Read this article.

You might say, "Oh, some raw foods fanatic wrote that" until you look at this Wikipedia article. Now, I ain't saying that if Wikipedia has an article on it, then it must be true but . . . dang, Wikipedia has an article on it that basically says that this stuff is glorified high fructose corn syrup: "There is significant concern about the health effects of fructose, since Agave has a fructose content much higher than high-fructose corn syrup." That means we should stay far, far away.

Well, there goes another "natural" food that I am nixing from our pantry.

So annoying. Raw doesn't mean raw and natural never means natural.

And don't get me started on tomatoes. Next year, for sure, I am growing some tomatoes.

11 comments:

I am the sum of my parts said...

I get so frustrated that eating can't be more simple. I really need to have land so I don't have to worry about "A" saying eat this it's great and then "B" coming around later saying the same thing will kill you. I'm with you Chi - I'm growing my own!!!!

80sBaby70sSoul said...

So as far as the tomatoes go, I am so OVER this country taking crap off the market and scaring people half to death. When 1 person dies and 230 people get the s%^$ts out of 300 MILLION people who live here, it is not worth scaring the rest of us out of eating tomatoes. Just like the spinach and E. Coli. If people would just read up on the virus, see what it does and how long the sickness will last, they might feel a little better. Knowledge is key! It's the same thing with vaccines. It's overkill to "save" us all when only a very few people will actually have a severe illness.

Chi-Chi said...

You're absolutely right. More and more, I just want to opt out of the whole thing, you know? Tired of their games and "panic tactics". Can't trust 'em far as you can throw 'em!!

80sBaby70sSoul said...

Plus, whats wrong with washing your fruit and vegetables thoroughly with a fruit/veg wash?

The CDC site says:
Every year, approximately 40,000 cases of salmonellosis are reported in the United States. Because many milder cases are not diagnosed or reported, the actual number of infections may be thirty or more times greater.

It is estimated that approximately 400 persons die each year with acute salmonellosis.

SO why are we freaking out about some damn tomatoes? I cant help but think it's to distract us from all the real stuff going on in the world.

Chi-Chi said...

Scared people are easy to control.

Nikki Miller-Ka said...

I've just recently discovered the agave nectar and there is no way it's got way-high fructose. I teach healthy cooking classes and I've been using it and ZSweet (which is erithritol, a natural sugar) as sugar substitutes. I've taken my own and my parents (who are diabetic) sugars and there is absolutely no spike in the glucose levels. That surprised me SO much.

I'm still kind of confused as to why you're not going to use it anymore... because of what Wikipedia says? Or from one article?

Chi-Chi said...

Hmmm . . . did you read the first article? It's actually pretty well researched. The Wiki article basically corroborates what the first one says. Why would you see no spike in glucose after consuming agave nectar? From the article: Agave Syrup is advertised as “low glycemic” and marketed towards diabetics. It is true, that agave itself is low glycemic. We have to consider why agave syrup is “low glycemic.” It is due to the unusually high concentration of fructose (90%) compared to the small amount of glucose (10%). Nowhere in nature does this ratio of fructose to glucose occur naturally. One of the next closest foods that contain almost this concentration of glucose to fructose is high fructose corn syrup, which may contain up to 80% fructose. Even though fructose is low on the glycemic index, there are numerous problems associated with the consumption of fructose in such high concentrations as found in concentrated sweeteners

I'm just going to stick with good old sugar and maple syrup. Not trying to experiment.

Nikki Miller-Ka said...

I did read the article. Maple syrup is made essentially the same way agave syrup is. It's boiled down to concentrate the sugar. I really like experimenting with sugars and such because I honestly want to live the healthiest, best life that I can. I can tell from your blog that you want to do the same for yourself and Z1 and Z2. I undestand not experimenting, too. But as with everything, a little moderation goes a long way.

Chi-Chi said...

That's true about how the maple syrup is processed. What is irksome to me is that the manufacturers of agave nectar are calling it "raw" when based on how it's processed, it can't be. At least maple syrup is an "old food", you know?

That being said . . . I'm using up my last bottle of agave nectar and with every teaspoon in my tea, I'm dreading the day it's gone. I really like agave nectar. Thanks Nikki . . . maybe I'll go back and see if I can find more info.

Afrikan Parenting said...

Thanks, so much. I never brought Agave. I guess this is a good thing.

Chi-Chi said...

I had almost forgotten about Agave Nectar! I still have some left . . . never finished it. I'm still not sure about it so I am still leaving it alone!

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