Thursday, January 01, 2009

Sugar, High Fructose Corn Syrup, Agave Nectar: Which Should You Choose?

Someone told me recently that they'd stopped using agave nectar because they'd heard it was as bad for you as high fructose corn syrup (HFCS). I was rather stunned because I use agave nectar and like it a lot. Long before HFCS and agave nectar were even on the market, health experts warned about the overconsumption of refined sugar. But lately, it's like sugar is fine and HFCS and other high fructose sweeteners are the bad guys. What is this opinion based on? As I researched, I found that the negative press about HFCS started when researchers put a graph of the rise of obesity in the U.S. over a graph showing the increased use of HFCS. The rises were similar, so they assumed that HFCS must be causing obesity. Well, that's not enough proof for me. I decided to find out more about sugar, HFCS, and agave nectar and how different sweeteners are metabolized before coming to any conclusions. 

See the results of my research here.


23 comments:

My Year Without said...

Cathe,
What an interesting post! Having gone all of 2008 without sugar and corn syrup, I have delved into the research about both of those sweeteners, as well as some others that I began using as natural sweeteners. Your article is very interesting and you present an interesting way of looking at things....that basically, with all 3 of the sweeteners you looked at, they all offer a lot of glucose, so looking at their processing and additives (herbicides, etc.) is one way of choosing what sweetener to use.
Nice work! I'm definitely going to post a link to your article. I know that a lot of my readers will find it very interesting.
Thanks! Happy New Year to you!

Cathe Olson said...

Thanks for the comment. I checked out your blog--lots of great information there.

Cathe Olson said...

Someone emailed me this article--it's about a study that found that HFCS has high levels of reactive carbonyls. These compounds have been linked to type 2 diabetes and kidney damage.


http://www.eurekalert.org/pub_releases/2007-08/acs-swn081007.php#

CakeJunkie said...

I found this information interesting...thanks for sharing. I am curious how Stevia fits in the mix.

Cynthia said...

I enjoyed your post about agave and the research you did. If you get the chance, be sure to watch Sugar: The Bitter Truth on youtube.com. It's an hour and a half long if you have the time.

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