The answer is not what many people think. Many people have switched to
Organic agave nectar as a natural sweetner lately to avoid the known
problems with other sugars/sweetners such as HFCS high fructose corn
syrup.Many are unaware that most agave is chock full of fructose. you
could call agave – high fructose agave as agave tests anywhere from 59%
to upwards of 67% fructose by content. So to consume agave to avoid
fructose is not really helping you elimate the dangerous fructose from
your diet.Consuming agave thinking you are avoiding fructose gives you
a false sense of reality and can actually be damaging your health worse
because you were unaware of your higher fructose consumption.
Please keep in mind that High fructose corn syrup by volume has only 55%
fructose. So organic agave tests as super high fructose much worse than
High Fructose Corn Syrup everyone is trying to avoid.Remember Fructose is
different from other sugars metabolically in the body and causes so much
To learn more about the dangers of sugar especially fructose read the book
The Sugar Fix By Dr. Richard Johnson – chief of the Kidney Disease and
Hypertension department at the University of Colarado. This is one of the
best books you can find the dangers of fructose on your health especially
as related to HIGH BLOOD PRESSURE , HEART DISEASE , OBESITY , DIABETES and
According to Dr. Johnson:
“We’ve just finished a clinical trial where we gave a low fructose diet to
overweight and obese adults from Mexico City.
“We tried two different low fructose diets, but first, before we go into that,
we think that the effects of fructose are independent of its energy intake.
So,table sugar (sucrose) — which contains fructose and glucose — although
there is a caloric component, we think that the effects of fructose are not
specifically related to the calories but rather to its mechanism, of which
uric acid is a driving part.
“… [Uric acid levels] being too high seems to really increase the risk for
diabetes and high blood pressure, kidney disease and obesity. And in fact,
there are more and more papers coming out showing that connection.”
What about agaves low glycemic index (GI) you say … Keep in mind that GI
is beneficial to help rate certain foods but that GI alone is not the only
factor to consider.Regardless of how fast the fructose enters your blood
the fact remains that your body still deals with this type of sugar
differently. It is treated differently metabolically by the body and it is
damaging to our bodies.It would be best to keep your total fructose
consupmtion down as much as possible (even if it comes in the form of honey
or agave) to avoid its potentially damaging effects.
Want to find out more about the dangers of fructose, watch the video below
from Dr. Robert H. Lustig, M.D. of the University of California San Francisco,
Division of Endocrinology and Metabloism. You will learn exactley how the liver
breaksdown fructose and how it leads to obesity and chronic disease.