Madhava agave nectar is a sweetener made from the juice of the agave plant. This plant, which is related to aloe, likes arid climates and can be found mostly in the deserts of Mexico. Touted as a healthy alternative to traditional sweeteners like honey and sugar, madhava agave nectar is high in fructose, and as a result carries the risk of negative health effects. Here are some of the dangers of madhava agave nectar.
1) Agave Nectar May Contribute to Heart Disease
Agave nectar is very high in fructose, a form of sugar once thought to be healthier than table sugar because it has a low glycemic index, meaning that it doesn't cause blood sugar levels to rise very much. The small amounts of fructose found in fruits and vegetables don't present a problem, as our bodies have adjusted to these levels. However, modern diets contain much higher levels of fructose, and, because our bodies can't process it fast enough, it enters the bloodstream as trigylcerides. High levels of trigylcerides in the blood can contribute to the onset of heart disease.
2) Agave Nectar Causes Weight Gain
Fructose can inhibit the production of lepitin, the hormone that causes feelings of satiety when you're full. Fructose therefore increases your appetite and contributes to weight gain.
3) Agave Nectar Isn't Safe for Diabetics
When you eat sucrose, such as honey or table sugar, your body processes it by turning it into glucose, or blood sugar. However, your body processes madhave agave nectar by turning it into blood fats, or triglycerides. Because your body turns agave nectar into fat, it doesn't cause significant spikes in blood sugar, and doctors once believed that agave nectar was therefore safe for diabetics.
In fact, agave nectar contributes to insulin resistance and type 2 diabetes. Fructose blocks insulin receptors, making your body less sensitive to insulin so that blood sugar levels are more difficult to control. Fructose often winds up stored in the body as visceral fat, or fat in the organs, especially the liver. Fat of this type is the most dangerous, because it's most likely to cause metabolic diseases like diabetes.
4) Agave Nectar May Lead to Mineral Deficiency
There is some evidence to suggest that the high levels of fructose in agave nectar may impede copper metabolism, leading to decreased production of collagen and elastin in the body. This can damage the body's connective tissues and lead to weakening of the bones, bone deformity, anemia, infertility and heart disease.
Agave nectar can also lead to loss of important minerals from the body, including:
5) Agave Nectar May Cause Liver Damage
Consuming agave nectar instead of sugar, honey or another traditional sweetener causes fatty deposits to form in the liver, and can eventually lead to cirrohosis. That's because, unlike other sugars, fructose can't be metabolized by all of the body's cells, but must be metabolized by the liver, which turns it into fats.