Agave Nectar-paving the way for weight loss?
I flipped the tv on today while cooling down from a little work outside and the Dr. Oz show was on. I have never actually watched the show before. As it is bikini season
(at least it is in Chucktown), naturally the talk shows are talking about weight loss. They had a “guru” on that was discussing weight loss recipes. I watched for about 10 minutes before getting bored and turning the tv back off.
One of the recommended recipes was chia seeds soaked in water with agave nectar and lemon. He had 3 other recipes that were decent but not particularly special. This one stood out because of the agave nectar. Chia seeds and lemons are both good, though flax seeds are just as good as chia seeds.
So on to agave nectar. Agave Nectar is the nectar or sap from the agave cactus. This is what is used to make tequila. For some reason, this sugary substance commonly gets the label of a super food. So is it all that it is promoted to be? In a nutshell, no. In fact, it may be contributing to weight gain even if you are only using small amounts. I know, right. “How is that possible if it’s low glycemic index?” And it is low glycemic index. The problem is that glycemic index only accounts for the sugar that goes to your blood. Your body has a “truck route” called the hepatic vein that takes nutrients from the small intestines directly to the liver. There are 2 substances that take great advantage of this truck route, Alcohol and Fructose. These process nearly identically to one another and both result in nearly 100% being stored as fat. Everyone knows that fructose is a bad sugar. i.e. the table sugar and high fructose corn syrup debate (they are both about 50% fructose/glucose and might as well be considered the same). So where does agave nectar fit in? It fits in at 95% fructose, which means gram for gram, it is almost twice as likely to cause fat storage as high fructose corn syrup.
So it isn’t paving the way for anything except fat gain.
And as a note, the dark agave nectar that costs more is dark because they burned it while pasteurizing it.