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2011/03/14 11:28:15 (permalink)
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Agave nectar?

Anyone used this sweetener before? I've used it quite a lot in the past, and have started using it again. It's apparently low on the GI and seems a good alternative to sugar/honey (on a tight diet at the moment).

This morning I chucked a couple table spoons of it over some gluten free crumpets, it was gorgeous!

Anyone used it before? Thoughts?
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    Re:Agave nectar? 2011/03/14 17:34:07 (permalink)
    It's low in GI because it's mostly fructose. Fructose replenishes liver glycogen.
    A couple of tablespoons won't hurt, though.
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    Re:Agave nectar? 2011/03/15 10:10:11 (permalink)
    Nigeepoo

    It's low in GI because it's mostly fructose. Fructose replenishes liver glycogen.
    A couple of tablespoons won't hurt, though.


    So, in regards to fructose, what actually makes it 'bad'. I assume the fructose in this is not the same as fructose in fresh fruit? It's been refined? Even so, what are the negative effects?

    EDIT: Been doing a bit of research on it, and I can see why it gets a bad rap. But, I'm still a bit confused on a few areas. Is it true that fructose can't be stored as glycogen, and therefore converts to saturated fat?
    post edited by ryzo - 2011/03/15 10:23:34
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    Re:Agave nectar? 2011/03/15 11:50:57 (permalink)
    I prefer honey tbh.

    Porridge oats in water with a big dollop of honey and a banana = delicious.

    I think agave nectar is just another one of those faddy foods that gets thrown around and promoted every so often.

    Just my opinion though. But i prefer to stick to the grass roots really, if it aint broke, doesnt need fixing lol.
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    Re:Agave nectar? 2011/03/15 12:08:39 (permalink)
    Big bad britty boy

    I prefer honey tbh.

    Porridge oats in water with a big dollop of honey and a banana = delicious.

    I think agave nectar is just another one of those faddy foods that gets thrown around and promoted every so often.

    Just my opinion though. But i prefer to stick to the grass roots really, if it aint broke, doesnt need fixing lol.


    I certainly don't disagree with your points. I think it's marketed as a health food when in reality, it really isn't that great.

    The benefit I see with it though is, because it's sweeter I can use a lot less. Perhaps I'll just stick with honey in future. I did actually chuck some Agave on top of my porridge this morning, tasted amazing!
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    Re:Agave nectar? 2011/03/15 20:04:46 (permalink)
    Its crap!
     
    If you press the agave plant you get bugger all out of it - agave nectar is a highly processed product that needs a pretty complex manufacturing process to even exist - its not natural, its not any cop and I would avoid it.
     
    Stick to real foods not ones invented by food processing!
     
    http://www.foodrenegade.c...ve-nectar-good-or-bad/
     
    the first bit on how its made and history!
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    Re:Agave nectar? 2011/03/15 23:12:28 (permalink)
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    NigeepooIt's low in GI because it's mostly fructose. Fructose replenishes liver glycogen. A couple of tablespoons won't hurt, though.
    So, in regards to fructose, what actually makes it 'bad'. I assume the fructose in this is not the same as fructose in fresh fruit? It's been refined? Even so, what are the negative effects?
    Fructose isn't bad in the right amounts. The fructose in AN is the same as that in fruit. Excess fructose overloads the liver, producing fat within the liver.
    ryzoEDIT: Been doing a bit of research on it, and I can see why it gets a bad rap. But, I'm still a bit confused on a few areas. Is it true that fructose can't be stored as glycogen, and therefore converts to saturated fat?
    No. Fructose is converted and stored as liver glycogen. However, the liver has limited glycogen storage capacity. If fructose enters the liver faster than liver glycogen exits (as glucose) and liver glycogen stores become full, excess fructose is converted into fat.
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    Re:Agave nectar? 2011/03/15 23:16:40 (permalink)
    nige - would you agree than liver glycogen is full quite a lot of the day ?
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    Re:Agave nectar? 2011/03/16 10:59:32 (permalink)
    I only consume about a teaspoon or so, just to slightly sweeten my breakfast. Sure, it's 'crap' but I can think of a lot worse things to be eating. I don't see the harm unless I'm guzzling the stuff.
     
    Thanks for the tips and advice.
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    Re:Agave nectar? 2011/03/16 19:20:20 (permalink)
    Big Lesnige - would you agree than liver glycogen is full quite a lot of the day ?
    That depends on the sugar/starch content of the diet.
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    Re:Agave nectar? 2011/03/17 13:35:56 (permalink)
    Even with stevia though people seem to contradict each other on it. Confusing! I have tried it before though :D
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