I'm kind of the same. I have a few different sweeteners and try to use them all sparingly, hoping that way I end up neither elephantine nor dead. Well, dead eventually, but not from whatever it is that bad sweeteners do to people. And let's not speculate about what happens when good bilbies go bad... I like lontar palm syrup but can't get it any more. Brown rice syrup is a new addition to the stable. Very thick. Agave is very hard to find in Australia and comes from much further away so generally speaking it's less on people's radar here.
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IMVEGAN: I, too, don't trust Mercola. He rubs me in all the wrong ways. In a small search for an article on this subject, I found many, and this one seemed to be accessible and thorough. The important point I learned is that agave is extremely high in fructose and has been marketed as a 'healthy' sweetener. Seems that when one uses a sweetener, hopefully rarely, agave might not be the one used when it's true properties are known. I began looking into agave because of my diabetic mother. The word is that it is very low on the glycemic index. It is marketed as a safe sweetener for diabetics. With just a little research I found the information about it's very high fructose content as well as the information that it was a very bad choice of sweetener for a diabetic. It was important for me to learn this particularly in regards to diabetes. I thought it might be of significance to others.
Dr. Mercola is suspect in every way. He is a scare monger and a person not to be trusted. His claims have been debunked over and over and he has been warned by the FDA to stop his illegal claims a number of times. So although agave is not healthy. Sugar is not healthy. They are just sweeteners to be used rarely. Dr. M. Is out for headlines and to sell you something. IMHO.
" Most agave syrup has a higher fructose content than any commercial sweetener -- ranging from 70 to 97 percent, depending on the brand, which is FAR HIGHER than high fructose corn syrup (HFCS), which averages 55 percent."
"And if you want fructose, agave products next to pure fructose, have the highest percentage of fructose of any sweeteners on the market, over 50 percent more fructose than high fructose corn syrup. "
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