Agave is a cactus-like plant that can be used to produce a concentrated nectar with a high sugar content. Agave nectar products are relatively new on the market, having first been developed for commercial use in the 1990s.
Agave nectar, which is sold in grocery stores, is actually a heavily processed product derived from the raw agave juice. During this process, sugars present in the juice are converted into a High Fructose Syrup (HFS).
Why is HFS Bad?
HFS is a concentrated sugar that has been shown to contribute to a number of health problems when consumed in high amounts. The refined fructose converts to triglycerides in the blood stream, or is stored as excess body fat.
Excess consumption of sugars, particularly concentrated sugars such as HFS, can result in increased levels of body fat and a greater risk of excess weight and obesity.
Triglycerides are a type of fat present in the bloodstream. Elevated triglyceride levels have the potential to block arteries and cause a heart attack.
Fructose does not create large fluctuations in our blood sugar levels, giving it a low glycemic index rating. However, negative health consequences, such as excess body fat and clogged arteries, pose an added risk for diabetics.
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