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Beware Agave Nectar Health Food Hype

Many people interested in staying healthy have switched to Agave as a safer "natural" sweetener. They want to avoid well documented dangerous sweeteners like HFCS (high fructose corn syrup) but are unaware that agave is actually WORSE than HFCS.
So just what is agave? Blue agave is an exotic plant growing in the rich volcanic soil of Mexico. In spite of manufacturer's claims, agave "nectar" is not made from the sap of the yucca or agave plant. The agave starch is converted into fructose-rich syrup using genetically modified enzymes and a chemically intensive process involving caustic acids, clarifiers and filtration chemicals. Agave syrup is neither healthy nor natural. Agave syrup is not low calorie - it has about 16 calories per teaspoon, the same as sucrose (table sugar).
Other Reasons You Should Steer Clear of Agave
Poor quality control: There are very few quality controls in place with most products coming from Mexico.
Pesticides: There are also concerns that some distributors are cutting agave syrup with corn syrup & have unacceptably high pesticide residues
Hydroxymethylfurfural (HMF): HMF has potential toxic, mutagenic and carcinogenic effects.
Nutrient Void: Agave syrup is not a whole food.
Addictiveness: Agave is highly concentrated sugar and highly addictive.

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