We sweeten our coffee, tea, baked goods, and heck, even our cocktails/mocktails! There’s constantly a new sweetener trend that promises to be a healthy alternative to the Sweet ‘n Lows of the world. One of those sweetener trends has been agave, which comes from the agave succulent plant. Since it comes from a plant, you might think, “That must be healthy!” But, research is showing that agave isn’t all that sweet.
Many of us won’t touch High Fructose Corn Syrup (HFCS) with 10-foot- pole because of its links to obesity. For example, Princeton University conducted a study https://www.princeton.edu/news/2010/03/22/sweet-problem-princeton-
on the effects HFCS has on rats. One group of rats had access to HFCS while the other had access to table sugar. Even when both groups caloric intake was the same, the rats that ingested HFCS gained significantly more weight than the others!
HFCS and agave are very similar. Both contain the sugar fructose, which can
increase someone’s risk for heart disease, according to Jack Norris, RD
Since, HFCS is about 55% fructose while agave syrup is about
70-90% fructose. So the same old adage that proves itself in the research once again; stick to things that have little or no sugar, or if they are sweet, try to choose something that offers nutritional value and not just empty calories. We acknowledge that pure s*%# food sometimes happens and can even be enjoyable, but do we really need that? Aim for something better, life will be so much sweeter!
Co-written with and researched by Carly Gerber at HippieandHeart.com
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