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Agave kills!

Agave plant

A while back I wrote about agave syrup and it’s use as an alternative to processed sugar. After writing the post I came across a fair amount of opinion opposed to the use of commercially derived agave syrup. There is some debate as to whether the claims for it being a wonder food are just hype.

For example, the food renegade dislikes agave, and suggests it has an unhealthy nutritional profile. On the other hand, there are plenty others out there who disagree with the renegade’s argument.

I’ll try to present an abridged version of her rather rambling attack.  Firstly, she suggests that the method of producing commercial agave syrup, involves chemicals and is different to that used by Mexicans when they produce miel de agave. Fortunately, all the agave syrup I’ve seen in the UK (it maybe different in the US) is organically produced and so cannot involve chemicals in the production process. This is pointed out in the comments where the renegade waves this aside by saying that the process is not traditional and so should be avoided! Continue reading

Agave Syrup

 

Agave syrup is produced from the Agave cactus, which famously is the plant from which tequila is made. It’s a great, sweeter alternative to sugar and it is low on the Glycaemic Index. This means that the sugar rush, from eating Mars bars or whatever, does not occur. Agave syrup has a minimal ‘raising’ effect on blood sugar despite tasting sweet. Continue reading