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    I've been using raw agave nectar every now and then when a recipe calls. But after reading this article from a raw purist, he seems to look down on it?

    Agave Article

    Tell me what do you guys think.

  • #2
    From what I understand, agave is VERY high in fructose = NOT good.
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    • #3
      Would high fructose corn syrup be any more appealing if it were marketed as corn nectar? Same highly processed, high fructose unnatural and poisonous to the human body. Not even "in moderation" (whatever that means) is HFCS or Agave Syrup a decent "food".

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      • #4
        Originally posted by Acmebike View Post
        Would high fructose corn syrup be any more appealing if it were marketed as corn nectar? Same highly processed, high fructose unnatural and poisonous to the human body. Not even "in moderation" (whatever that means) is HFCS or Agave Syrup a decent "food".
        Exactly. Agave nectar is just a way to sell High Fructose Agave Syrup.
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        • #5
          AWWwww mannn. So much for Elanas pantry recipes. More than half of them call for agave. I will just do without.

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          • #6
            All kinds of bad.

            Despite it's "pure and natural" reputation, agave nectar, much like industrial vegetable oils, is a new monstrosity created in factories utilizing some severe processing to extract the syrup. It gets touted as "healthy" because it has a negligible glycemic load. This is because it contains no glucose. What it has in spades is fructose, which is shunted to your liver to be metabolized like a poison, and is a prime suspect in creating chronically elevated insulin levels, turning the body into a fat-storing machine.

            All kinds of bad.
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            • #7
              I actually love agave nectar providing it's slow roasted in stone ovens with the heart of the agave then crushed into a mash that's fermented and distilled before being aged in an oak barrel.

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              • #8
                Grol, that agave nectar is especially tasty when mixed with lime juice or pureed strawberries, no?
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                • #9
                  Originally posted by grol View Post
                  i actually love agave nectar providing it's slow roasted in stone ovens with the heart of the agave then crushed into a mash that's fermented and distilled before being aged in an oak barrel.
                  this!

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                  • #10
                    Come again Grol? lol.

                    You have to send me a batch of that

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                    • #11
                      bad.

                      badbadbadbadbad.

                      I worked for a company that promoted this kind of stuff. most 'health foods' are a scam.

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                      • #12
                        Originally posted by Ernst View Post
                        AWWwww mannn. So much for Elanas pantry recipes. More than half of them call for agave. I will just do without.
                        Just substitute honey for the agave. Yes, everybody, I know that honey is sugar, too. We're talking about TREATS here.

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                        • #13
                          Pass on the fructose bomb, thanks.

                          I know it *sounds* so healthy though...People were practically tripping over themselves to get to it when our local Costco started carrying it. Overheard: It's so much better for you than sugar.
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                          • #14
                            as you can see, agave is just a fancy way of selling high fructose. you're better off with raw honey or organic pure maple syrup. i only say organic bec. the other usually contains formaldehyde. these companies are sneaky aren't they?
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