Agave is derived from a plant, a giant succulent, sometimes incorrectly referred to as a cactus. Many companies and agave brands boast that it is all natural- and this is usually true. However, there are lots of natural things that aren’t great for your body. Cyanide is found in plants, but certain types in high doses are extremely toxic. Asbestos is simply a set of six naturally occurring silicate minerals, but I wouldn’t recommend adding asbestos to your muffins or other baked goods. I also would not recommend adding agave to your baked goods, either-for different reasons.
Let’s break down sugar. Sugars are a type of carbohydrate- short chained, soluble and composed of carbon, hydrogen and oxygen. You have monosaccharides, disaccharides, oligosaccharides and polysaccharides. Glucose, fructose and galactose are three monosaccharides. They are the building blocks for disaccharides which are just two monosaccharides. Lactose (milk sugar) is a common disaccharide and is galactose + glucose. Let’s keep it simple and just say that the last two types of sugars are more advanced, longer chained carbohydrates than mono and disaccharides.
Alright, enough of those large boring words; back to agave. Agave contains high amounts of fructose- even higher than high fructose corn syrup. Previously, there was a common belief that fructose isn’t as bad for humans as glucose. This is a myth. The two are broken down very differently in the body. Glucose is necessary for every cell in the body; your body actually produces glucose through a process called glycolysis. Fructose, on the other hand, is pretty much only used by your liver. So when you ingest something that’s unnaturally high in fructose, your liver freaks out, and turns this fructose into fat- no bueno.
I’m sure there are a lot of people out there who are wondering why a juice cleanse company would bash fructose- the most prominent sugar in fruit. Well, as stated earlier, not all sugar is created equally. Fruits (and vegetables) do contain fructose, but not obscene amounts. You’d have to eat an unfathomable amount of fruit to match the amount of fructose that is added to processed foods. Also, fruit is nutrient dense and usually has high amounts of fiber and water which are great for your body. So we aren’t bashing fructose, per se, we are discouraging the intake of foods unnaturally high in fructose and revealing a culprit who may have flown under the radar for many people.

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