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Agave Syrup bad or good. HFCS in disguise

Answered on August 19, 2014
Created December 20, 2012 at 11:36 PM

I have been doing 90% paleo and 10% goof for about 6 months now. I have lost 30 pounds and I am really seeing a difference in my mood, sleep, skin, etc. It is pretty much just like all the claims. Bottom line its working. The Paleo borderline goofs consist of maple syrup, sometimes honey, and occasionally enjoy life chocolate chip cookies with almond flour. The major glitches are Beer, and pizza. It seems to work for me. I have become very accustomed to eating well.

I sometimes have coconut ice cream with agave sryup in it, and now I am reading its just HFCS in disguise. I eat this about once a week.

I guess my question is do you see issues with having such small amounts once a week, or is it better to just omit it all-together. I fully understand the pizza and beer thing, and know what I am getting into, but the Agave was supposed to be healthy.

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on December 21, 2012
at 03:56 PM

"but the Agave was supposed to be healthy" -- so was whole wheat. =)

489497642ad41d4b45db4d07dbe54353

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on December 21, 2012
at 01:50 PM

WTF? how did a link to buy agave syrup show up in my answer? So now I hate agave syrup ans stealth advertising. Esspecially stealth advertising that looks like I did it.

96440612cf0fcf366bf5ad8f776fca84

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on December 21, 2012
at 12:20 PM

It's a modern industrial fake food pretending to be healthy. I'd rather all that agave go to making a quality tequila. If I'm going to harm my liver, I might as well at least get drunk in the process.

96440612cf0fcf366bf5ad8f776fca84

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on December 21, 2012
at 12:16 PM

+1000 that's what I was going to post as an answer. :) Well done.

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489497642ad41d4b45db4d07dbe54353

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on December 21, 2012
at 12:40 AM

Very high in fructose and not a natural product.

Here is an article about how fructose is worse then glucose for many measures. For pretty much anything except immediate blood glucose spikes, fructose is worse. The gradual increase in fasting levels would mean that the overall blood sugar load is more when consuming fructose then glucose.

"Consuming fructose-sweetened, not glucose-sweetened, beverages increases visceral adiposity and lipids and decreases insulin sensitivity in overweight/obese humans" http://www.jci.org/articles/view/37385

For some reason I have a really big hate of Agave syrup. Maybe because I see it in all sorts of "health" recipes, written by people who talk about how bad HFCS is. It just pushes one of my triggers. I think it is one of the biggest health scams out there.

489497642ad41d4b45db4d07dbe54353

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on December 21, 2012
at 01:50 PM

WTF? how did a link to buy agave syrup show up in my answer? So now I hate agave syrup ans stealth advertising. Esspecially stealth advertising that looks like I did it.

96440612cf0fcf366bf5ad8f776fca84

(19463)

on December 21, 2012
at 12:20 PM

It's a modern industrial fake food pretending to be healthy. I'd rather all that agave go to making a quality tequila. If I'm going to harm my liver, I might as well at least get drunk in the process.

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on December 20, 2012
at 11:41 PM

Lol, Agave is worse than HFCS, Agave has more fructose than HFCS.

  1. Agave 56-92% Fructose
  2. HFCS 42-55% Fructose

96440612cf0fcf366bf5ad8f776fca84

(19463)

on December 21, 2012
at 12:16 PM

+1000 that's what I was going to post as an answer. :) Well done.

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