Lettuce Discuss… Agave Syrup or Agave Nectar…Harmful or good for you?
First of all there is no such thing as Agave Nectar, this is a marketing name that was thought up in the 1990’s to make us all think that this is a natural, traditional syrup. Let me assure you it is not. The agave we buy in the store has been dramatically processed to turn it into very high fructose syrup.
Agave syrup is subjected to enzymatic and chemical processes, not what you would call “organic, raw, or natural”
The content of this can range from 70% to over 90% Fructose.
Fructose doesn’t send any signals to the brain to say “I’m Full”, it also affects the memory and it can only be metabolized through the liver, this in turn places a burden on the liver. It has also been shown that refined fructose negatively interferes with the hearts use of key minerals, for example magnesium.
Studies also show that the liver from people who use large amounts of fructose develop fatty deposits and cirrhosis.
Fructose could also contribute to diabetes, the insulin receptors sensitivity can be reduced, and there by raising insulin levels and this then contributes to metabolic syndrome.
For all you students out there who live on a High Fructose diet think of this…
An experiment was conducted using 2 groups of Lab rats and a maze one group were fed on a high fructose diet as well as rat food, the other just on rat food. The group fed with high fructose after six weeks were slower and their brains showed a decline in synaptic activity.
So bare this in mind it can impede your mental ability.
This is reversible and can be helped by taking DHA (docosahexaenoic acid) and Omega 3 fatty acids.
The full report is at http://newsroom.ucla.edu/portal/ucla/this-is-your-brain-on-sugar-ucla-233992.aspx
So is Agave good or bad?
For us -we will never use it again!
Many Thanks and bless you,
Mako and Hema
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