I see more and more of recipes everyday using Agave ( pronounced Ah Gah Vay) nectar. Sometimes even in recipes rooting for good health. My curious mind didn't leave it at that. I went researching on Google ( thank God for Google- nowadays it's my constant companion) on what exactly is this Agave Syrup? The discovery was quite alarming!
Agave Nectar is similar to High Fructose Corn Syrup!
Agave is actually a plant found in the volcanic soils of Southern Mexico. It belongs to the Aloe Vera family and it looks quite like the actual Aloe Vera ( See picture below).
Long ago, people used to drain its sap and boil it to make it into thick syrup to use it as a natural sweetener. But today, it is processed in a factory much like HFCS. It has the same sugar profile. And because it has similar sugar profile it is used in the same way in cereals, drinks, tomato ketchup etc.
For vegans, agave nectar would make a good substitute for honey.
I have posted about the dangers of HFCS - so you now know Agave Nectar similarly raises blood sugar in our body thus contributing to heart disease, obesity, diabetes etc.
I don't use HFCS or Agave Nectar for my desserts or in my beverages. Instead, I use honey, regular cane sugar both brown and white. I opt or natural sweeteners always.
But if I am out dining ( which is like once a week) and can't help consume some of these foods with HFCS or Agave Syrup occasionally, I don't sweat it. Sometimes it just can't be helped. An occasional slip up won't harm my health.
Remember it's not the little that matters. It's the lot.