Wednesday, January 27, 2010

Health: Agave the new villan?

An interesting article, passed along to me by my childhood bestie, who is also vegan.

I generally take the USDA organic stamp of approval (not just the words, "organic" but official green circular stamp) as a trustworthy label for health foods... This article however, makes me want to do some more research to see if this isn't just a marketing ploy funded by the less popular brown rice syrup rival...

I personally love a drip of agave syrup in my morning tea, though I've found baking with it is less reliable than unrefined vegan dry sugars (unbleached "white" and brown). Maybe its time to use those in my tea, or perhaps use Molasses instead? Or better yet, cut out these extra sweeteners altogether like my husband does. (I don't know how he does it, I'm not sure I can ditch my sweet tooth either!)

Personally I think with a well-balanced diet of fruits, veggies, grains, and proteins a little sugar every now and again, and even some processed foods in moderation can't cause too much harm. Then again I'm not a doctor and though sometimes I do consume high fructose corn syrup, hydrogenated oils, or overly-processed vegan foods, I do so in extreme moderation. Am I ready to give up my morning agave? Is it really that much worse than regular (vegan) sugar? Perhaps I should just switch back to morning Mate' (which I prefer sugar/sweetener free anyway). Decisions, decisions... I guess this means its time to look for more information on several sweeteners...

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