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Cara
user 9473805
Chicago, IL
Post #: 22
Is agave nectar a safe sweetener or a deceiving creation of marketing spin?

http://digg.com/d1vU7R­

Some interesting points are made. It's gaining in popularity yet little is known about this particular product. In addition, some other health links are listed.
Raji
user 8432548
Chicago, IL
Post #: 3
Is agave nectar a safe sweetener or a deceiving creation of marketing spin?

http://digg.com/d1vU7R­

Some interesting points are made. It's gaining in popularity yet little is known about this particular product. In addition, some other health links are listed.
It is made from Cactus plant, and it is safe to use. When buying it, buy from Whole Foods or other organic stores, and I personally like the 'Light' one. And the nectar is sweeter than honey and sugars.
Cara
user 9473805
Chicago, IL
Post #: 27
Agaves are not cacti, but are actually related to the lily and amaryllis families of plants. There are over 100 'species' of agave plants, in a wide variety of sizes and colors. Edible parts of the agave are the flowers, leaves, stalks and the sap. It is the sap of the plant that is used to make agave syrup.

Commercially available agave syrup or nectar is thought to be produced primarily from blue agave plants grown in Southern Mexico. This is because the blue agave has a high carbohydrate content, which results in a high concentration of fructose in the final prod­uct.

When an agave plant is about seven to 10 years old, the leaves are removed to expose the core, or pina, of the plant. The harvested pina looks like a large pineapple and can weigh anywhere from 50 to 150 pounds.

Please note: I'm a avid master gardener of over 15 years and have taken nutrition classes.
Cara
user 9473805
Chicago, IL
Post #: 28
Additional Reading – Published Books that Talk about the Dangers of Refined Fructose and problems with food labeling and deceptive health practices.

Sweet Deception by Dr. Joseph Mercola
The Truth About the Drug Companies by Marcia Angell
In Defense of Food by Michael Pollan -
The Omnivore's Dilemma by Michael Pollan -
Sugar Shock! by Connie Bennett
Super Size Me by Morgan Spurlock
Fast Food Nation, Eric Schlosser
Welcome to Food Politics by Marion Nestle
Generation Rx, Greg Crister
Bad Foods, Michael Oakes
Food Fight by Dan Imhof
The Sugar Fix, Timothy Gower, Richard Johnson
Please Don't Eat the Wallpaper, Dr. Nancy Irven
Understanding R Epidemic, Sylivia Ledoux 2008
Fat Politics by J. Eric Oliver
Obesity Epidemiology, Frank Hu
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