The Truth About Agave Nectar, Article by Matt Monarch
The following information is for education only and is not meant to diagnose, prescribe, or treat illness. It is valuable to seek the advice of an alternative health care professional before making any changes.
Five months ago, a person was eating six Twinkies a day for breakfast and that was just the beginning of all the junk food they would eat in a day. Soon after, they discovered the 100% raw food diet and they got a new lease on life. Since then this person lost and is still losing a substantial amount of weight; their cholesterol continues to improve along with their blood pressure. This person had replaced their morning breakfast of six Twinkies with an amazing raw breakfast 'dessert', which includes clear agave nectar. This person came crying to me because they heard that agave nectar is 'bad' for them. They've been told that agave nectar is just like High Fructose Corn Syrup. To say the least, they were freaking out, not knowing what to do, because they love eating this food in their daily regimen in the morning. Do you think that the agave nectar was benefitting this person or just causing damage to their body? This person has lost over 70 pounds already and their cholesterol and blood pressure have normalized. They are losing more weight every single day. I suggested to this person that they may want to just continue to do what they have been doing and when these current ongoing DRASTIC improvements in their health start to subside, that they may then want to reassess their habits at that point. In my opinion, for this kind of person, I believe it will be decades before these benefits cease happening for them. I am not here to tell you what is 'good' or 'bad'. I simply intend to lay out a number of facts, give you my opinion, and then you can look over this information and decide for yourself what makes sense for you. In my STRONG opinion, the more expensive agave nectars that are sold throughout the raw foods community (especially the Clear Agave) doesn't even come close to High Fructose Corn Syrup (HFCS). I believe that this statement comparing HFCS and agave was originally made because the fructose level in HFCS does come close to agave nectar. Here is a breakdown of my findings on this matter:
High Fructose Corn Syrup contains 42-55% fructose and 45-58% glucose.
Standard store-sold agave nectars contain 68% fructose and 8-18% glucose.
Clear agave nectar has 48-49% fructose and 5% glucoseWhen you look at these Fructose levels, you might think that Agave Nectar is just as 'bad' as High Fructose Corn Syrup. However, I feel this is a misconception. The fructose in the High Fructose Corn Syrup is from genetically modified corn, which is almost certainly loaded with NASTY chemicals such as "Roundup", plus an entire SLEW of solvents. I feel that this is one of the most damaging refined sugars a person can possibly eat. If you do eat this stuff, your liver and the rest of your body is going to be taking a serious hit.In comparison, when you consume the Real Clear Agave, the fructose in there is derived from Tequilana Weber Azul's liquid inulin (inulin/fructans/fibers). Wikipedia states:Inulins are a group of naturally occurring polysaccharides produced by many types of plants. They belong to a class of fibers known as fructans. Inulin is used by some plants as a means of storing energy and is typically found in roots or rhizomes. Most plants that synthesize and store inulin do not store other materials such as starch.
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/InulinMany of the most sensitive, long-term raw foodists have told me that they can personally digest clear agave easily and without any drawbacks, as it is broken down in the liver, just like many natural things are. A simple experiment that you may want to try is to take an ounce of HFCS and an ounce of the clear agave nectar. Try them both out at different times and note which affects you in a more adverse way. I would bet my money that the HFCS is going to have a much more adverse effect on your body, especially if you are already eating a 'clean' diet.
I am not saying that agave is an 'ideal' food for the human body. This is similar to when I previously stated that I don't feel Raw Chocolate is the most ideal food either, in the ' Is Raw Chocolate good to eat?' article, where I wrote: Another person may have been a coffee and Hershey bar addict for 40 years. If this person gave up those addictions, and replaced them with Raw Cacao, there is a GREAT chance that they could thrive on Raw Chocolate for the rest of their lives, experiencing many benefits and improvements. An example on the other side of the spectrum might be a 20 year old who has been eating a 100% Raw Food Diet since birth and has never eaten a sweetener, dehydrated or gourmet food in their entire life. If you give this person a Raw Chocolate bar, there is a chance that they could experience adverse effects.
It's the same thing with Agave Nectar. A person who replaces eating 6 Twinkies every single morning with a raw dessert/cereal that contains Clear Agave Nectar, will quite likely be able to eat agave for the rest of their lives and still continue to experience improvements in their health, compared to the background from which they've come.
I don't really take raw food"CONTROVERSIES" like these too seriously and I encourage others to do the same. We all know that each person is different and that our food requirements can be dramatically different. For example, my mom eats Raw Chocolate truffles that contain agave nectar every single day and as I have said in previous articles, she is the healthiest woman her age who I know. My mom is SO HEALTHY that every single one of her co-workers and family members gauk at her and state how they could 'never' eat as healthily as she does. Five years ago, my mom started eating an Intermediate WHOLE FOOD healthy diet. She eliminated the most harmful foods from her diet, including refined sugars and processed starches. The agave is not one of those things I am too concerned about for my own mother.
David Wolfe just wrote an insightful article called 'Agave Blues', which stated that if you are going to eat any agave nectar, make sure to be consuming the clear one by Ultimate Superfoods. This month we are offering this clear agave to you 'At-Cost', which is available by clicking HERE.
I feel another reason why Agave Nectar may have received such poor press recently is because there were rumors that one of the BIGGEST Agave Nectar companies was actually caught bottling High Fructose Corn Syrup, which has since been explained as a bottling job they were carrying out for another company. On a side note, corn has been so heavily subsidized in the USA, that HFCS is RIDICULOUSLY inexpensive to make. If you dig around a little on the Internet on this subject, there is tons of information out there. So, considering the fact that the heavily processed 'mainstream' store-shelf agave bottles MAY in the past actually have contained HFCS, I have refrained so far from commenting on this agave 'drama', as I felt that, whether or not they do actually contain HFCS, it was likely useful for people to realize that these more commercial, 'inferior' agave brands may indeed not necessarily be the healthiest products. The clear agave seems like a much wiser choice, to me.
I am not saying that Agave or Raw Chocolate are ideal foods for the human body. I personally consume these foods only on rare occasions. However, for many modern humans, these foods can be an excellent alternative to their previous intake, as we transition our species back to a more 'original' diet, void of all processed foods.
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