Thursday, April 30, 2009

Away with Agave and Xylitol


Agave is metabolized slower, so your insulin doesn't spike.

But it also has a higher fructose content than high fructose corn syrup. That should be enough to throw it away.

Sally Fallon said: 'While high fructose agave syrup won’t spike your blood glucose levels (due to its inulin content), the fructose in it may cause mineral depletion, liver inflammation, hardening of the arteries, insulin resistance leading to diabetes, high blood pressure, cardiovascular disease and obesity.'


Xylitol is a sugar alcohol that is also supposed to be a healthier alternative because it also is supposed to not raise your insulin. It is also good for your teeth, so it's probably fine to use it in things like toothpaste. But if you xylitol is not organic, it probably comes from GMO cornfields from China. It also seems very much like an artificial sweetener to me (but not as bad). If you eat too much, then it can also give you some digestive problems. So stay away from it too.

My take on Xylitol - I just bought some, and I'm not going to throw it away--yet. I'll use it till it's gone. The only things I use it for are:
- toothpaste -(I recommend Spry)
- gum - I'd rather not chew gum, but I do once in a while. Like when I'm at a dance, and I have to shout in my partner's face to be heard, I don't want to be blowing bad breath in her face. Or when I'm going to be talking to other people, gum is a must. I take good care of my teeth, but I don't want to take any chances.
- hot chocolate - Hot drinks aren't good for you, so maybe warm chocolate would be a better way to put it. I'm cheap and I don't want to throw away all my xylitol, so I'm going to gradually use up the few cups I have left on hot chocolate mixes.

My take on Agave - I just bought some of this too so I can't throw it away. I may use it on occasion, but it will probably sit in the back of the cupboard. I'll never buy either of these sweeteners again.

Good Sweeteners - Instead you should focus on eating traditional sweeteners:

-Honey (raw)
-Maple Syrup (real)
-Molasses (I've heard good things about Blackstrap)
-Sucanat (SUgar CAne NATural)
-Stevia (the green powder is best and most unrefined)

BUT keep in mind that sweeteners are NOT good for you. You'd be better off without any, except maybe some here in a fruit or other treat.



Kelly the Kitchen Kop said...

Great info, Kyle! Thanks for joining in RFW - I stumbled you. :)

Kyle said...

Thanks! I'm not sure what stumbled means though. I love your site.

Lauren said...

If you're going to throw any any xylitol, please send it to me! It's healthier than any of those natural sweeteners that have more than twice the carbohydrates. For those of us who believe high circulating levels of insulin (from maple syrup, honey, sucanat, etc.) are unnatural and unhealthy, xylitol and erythritol are lifesavers, GMO or not. :)

Totally agree with you about agave.

Kyle said...

Well, I'm not saying that the natural sweeteners I mentioned are healthy. They need to be used in moderation still.

At my local health food store, Xylitol is actually not too expensive if you buy it in the bulk containers. I think it's between $2 and $3 which is a much better deal than what I first bought it for. But now I'm buying the sucanat.

Judy W said...

I have a do you know that xylitol comes from GMO crops from China??? You said "probably". Would you please site where the info you related is located?? I use xylitol in many things and I think it's a wonderful product. Thanks....

Matt Willer said...

Thanks for this post i love xylitol gums

Matt Willer said...

Great Test And flavor Thanks xylito

Bonnie Robbins said...

I do not agree with you about the xylitol at all. We only use organic xylitol and only use it for sweetening our herbal iced teas at a ratio of about 1/2 tbsp per quart of tea and occasioally smoothies and berries. You also listed stevia as being safe and it may be in small amounts. But because of conflicting reports concerning its safety in larger amounts, I woild never purchase it to add to any of my foods since it is already added to a handful of the organic presweetened items I purchase.