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Posted by: Gratefulrose (Guest), Sunday, February 26, 2006, 8:07pm
Hi all, Im an O and wondering if a non-secretor can use either agave nectar or vegetable glycerin and still be following our regime. Thanks! In joy and protein...
Posted by: Patty Lee, Thursday, March 2, 2006, 9:32pm; Reply: 1
My understanding is that vegetable glycerine and agave are  neutrals for O nonnies.  Both are also low on the glycemic index, although I believe veggie glycerine is lower.  These are our only two real sweeteners.  


Dr D says this:
"Glycerine is the only effective humectant that can be used by non-secretors, since it can be shunted to either fat metabolism or glucose production, depending on metabolic status. Glycerine can be a carb on occasion, a fat precursor on occasion, a phosphoglyceride precursor on occasion, and it can simply pass through the body unused. For non-secretors, this is perfect. Thus, although it is there for moisture retention, it also tends to optimize fat<->carb<->fat conversion which is genetically a problem with non-secretors.
The mentor that introduced me to the concept that lectins can exert metabolic effects in hampering weight loss was fond of having his patients drink glycerine as a way 'prime' the conversion of fat cell bound glycerol back to glycogen-glucose. "


Welcome!
Posted by: KimonoKat, Thursday, March 2, 2006, 10:11pm; Reply: 2
Quoted from plhartless
My understanding is that vegetable glycerine and agave are  neutrals for O nonnies.  Both are also low on the glycemic index, although I believe veggie glycerine is lower.  These are our only two real sweeteners.  


Dr D says this:
"Glycerine is the only effective humectant that can be used by non-secretors, since it can be shunted to either fat metabolism or glucose production, depending on metabolic status. Glycerine can be a carb on occasion, a fat precursor on occasion, a phosphoglyceride precursor on occasion, and it can simply pass through the body unused. For non-secretors, this is perfect. Thus, although it is there for moisture retention, it also tends to optimize fat<->carb<->fat conversion which is genetically a problem with non-secretors.
The mentor that introduced me to the concept that lectins can exert metabolic effects in hampering weight loss was fond of having his patients drink glycerine as a way 'prime' the conversion of fat cell bound glycerol back to glycogen-glucose. "


Welcome!


Plhartless, I've been looking for that quote all morning!  I did a search of the web site for "glycerin" and could not for the life of me FIND that quote!  Could you please tell me where you found it? I'd like to post a link to it.  TIA!
Posted by: slyparrot, Tuesday, March 14, 2006, 10:48am; Reply: 3
What does carb-fat-carb problems mean?  
Posted by: italybound, Tuesday, March 14, 2006, 3:14pm; Reply: 4
Quoted from plhartless
"Glycerine is the only effective humectant that can be used by non-secretors, since it can be shunted to either fat metabolism or glucose production, depending on metabolic status. Glycerine can be a carb on occasion, a fat precursor on occasion, a phosphoglyceride precursor on occasion, and it can simply pass through the body unused. For non-secretors, this is perfect. Thus, although it is there for moisture retention, it also tends to optimize fat<->carb<->fat conversion which is genetically a problem with non-secretors."



Welcome gratefulrose. You are definitely in for a treat on this forum!
Re: above - very interesting. What a versatile food.  I have tried it over and over and never really get the sweetness when used in things. I have tried it mostly in drinks. Is it just me? Seems like this aspect of V/G has been discussed in the past and it's a personal thing. Am I correct? I wish it was more satisfying for me. I'd love to switch to JUST the V/G for the above reasons.
Posted by: Peppermint Twist, Tuesday, March 14, 2006, 4:48pm; Reply: 5
Quoted from Gratefulrose
Hi all, Im an O and wondering if a non-secretor can use either agave nectar or vegetable glycerin and still be following our regime. Thanks! In joy and protein...

Welcome, Gratefulrose!

Personally, I would use agave nectar and not vegetable glycerine (:X).  Other good all-natural and compliant sweeteners for nonnies are the 100% fruit concentrates one can find at any HFS (health food store) nowadays, such as 100% blueberry concentrate (expensive!!!), 100% concord grape concentrate (far more reasonable), 100% black cherry concentrate, etc.  Agave nectar is what is used in the NAP "Unibars" that are acceptable for all ABO types and secretor statuses (stati?), so you are definitely fine using that.  It is currently not rated in the Typebase4 database, but I suspect that will change when the new book comes out (whenever that will be, I'm on the edge of my seat for "Eat Right for Your Genotype"...but I digress), although I don't know.  I suspect a whole new slew of heretofore unrated foods will be rated and I would guess agave nectar would be up there at the top of the list, as us nonnies are always on the prowl for an allowable sweetener, and it is in the NAP bars.

ANYWAY, welcome again, and one more thing:  as a general rule, if something is not rated one way or another in Typebase4, what most of us do is treat it as an "unknown", which means, go ahead and see how you do with it, but "proceed with caution".  If you seem to notice any sort of reaction, from an addictive/allergy response, to blood sugar spikes/crashes, to tum-tum probs, to a stuffy nose, etc., then you can conclude that probably the thing in question is ultimately going to prove to be an avoid for you.  If you have no reaction, hopefully it is neutral, and if it makes you feel totally revitalized and like dancing the jig, maybe it is a beneficial!

Many moons ago, I guessed correctly about the then-unrated nutritional yeast, for example, and sure enough, it turns out it IS beneficial for my O nonnie type (yay!).

(Edited to add:  On the other hand, I never would have seen sunflower seeds coming as an avoid.  Boo HOO!  What a world, what a world...)

Again, welcome!

(Edited to add:  see, agave nectar is in the Unibars:  http://www.dadamo.com/napharm/BTstore/BTSstore.pl?user_action=detail&catalogno=NP050)
Posted by: Trixy, Tuesday, March 14, 2006, 7:19pm; Reply: 6
An O nonnie's experience...I found that I didn't have a good reaction to the agave nectar; too sweet...it affected me like sugar.  

For example: I made almond cookies using each and when I used the agave, while they tasted better, I became tired, had a headache, etc - the same as if I had eaten sugar...didn't feel well the rest of the day; had to sleep it off.

When I made the cookies using the glycerine, I felt fine.
Posted by: 774 (Guest), Wednesday, March 15, 2006, 9:39pm; Reply: 7
Quoted from glittergal
An O nonnie's experience...I found that I didn't have a good reaction to the agave nectar; too sweet...it affected me like sugar.  

For example: I made almond cookies using each and when I used the agave, while they tasted better, I became tired, had a headache, etc - the same as if I had eaten sugar...didn't feel well the rest of the day; had to sleep it off.

When I made the cookies using the glycerine, I felt fine.


I have the same. I react to agave nectar the way I react to sugar. I think it's an avoid for A nonnies.

Posted by: KimonoKat, Wednesday, March 15, 2006, 10:15pm; Reply: 8
Quoted from Sandraruba


I have the same. I react to agave nectar the way I react to sugar. I think it's an avoid for A nonnies.



So that means you can't eat the Uni Bars, right?
Posted by: 774 (Guest), Thursday, March 16, 2006, 4:05pm; Reply: 9
Quoted from KimonoKat


So that means you can't eat the Uni Bars, right?



I have never tried them, but if they have agave nectar I won't. It's too bad really because I like the taste of it.
Posted by: KimonoKat, Thursday, March 16, 2006, 4:56pm; Reply: 10
Quoted from Sandraruba



I have never tried them, but if they have agave nectar I won't. It's too bad really because I like the taste of it.


Yes, it's really nice.  Since I'm fighting candida, I've switched to vegetable glyverin though.  I thought Dr. D was originally going to make the UNI Bars with vegetable glycerin; I don't see veg. glycerin listed on the ingredients list of the package. ??)
Posted by: Carol the Dabbler, Friday, March 17, 2006, 12:08am; Reply: 11

Do the Unibars specifically say that they're OK for nonnies?  Or just for "all 4 types"?

OK, here it is: "North American Pharmacal is very pleased to introduce the Chocolate Cherry Bar designated for all ABO types, including secretors and nonsecretors.

This healthy and tasty bar features Organic Agave Nectar which is known to have a low glycemic index resulting in a relatively slow uptake of sugar into the bloodstream."

So either the "sugar" reaction to agave is an individual thing, or there's some nonnie thing that hasn't been nailed down yet (which may explain why agave hasn't been added to Typebase yet).
Posted by: Gratefulrose (Guest), Friday, March 17, 2006, 2:24am; Reply: 12
I too seem to have a sugar pitch after agave intake. It effects my mind in a very addictive sort of way, if I have it around, I want it in or with everything :(
It is amazing what an intense response the body/mind endures after an avoid food is consumed! Very grateful for clarity and discovering ever anew! What do other folk do when an avoid food is eaten to help move it from the system? Lots of water, more greens? Pineapple juice? Any further tips?
Posted by: CB, Friday, March 24, 2006, 3:57pm; Reply: 13
I've tried several veg glycerine's and agave and agave beats vg taste-wise.  Haven't had the sugar brain problem, but we are all different.  Take care.  CB.
Posted by: 119 (Guest), Sunday, January 20, 2008, 6:51am; Reply: 14
I was reading some info in a book by Cheryl Townsley N.D. called the FOOD PUZZLE, agave syrup.  This book was published in 2001, and she highly recommends Dr. D's books.  What she says about agave syrup is that the know effects of the agave plant include disintegration of red blood cells, depression of the nervous system and cellular damage. :o  So since this info is about 8 yrs old, what I want to know is if there has been new info since then?

If Dr. D. by any chance reads this, is there any solid info on agave syrup?  Cheryl doesn't say where she got her info, but it's in her chapter on the Glycemic Index.  Is her info correct? ??)
Posted by: teri, Sunday, January 20, 2008, 8:18pm; Reply: 15
Interesting, Cynthia. I have never heard this before, in fact I have never heard of agave syrup until about 2 months ago, but have since added it to my diet. So, I did a simple search just now and found this article claiming that, although the syrup is low glycemic, it is cooked at a very high temperature (too high to claim the status of "raw") which results in an extremely high (unnatural) fructose content, therefore, subject to many health problems...

http://www.living-foods.com/articles/agave.html

One other interesting point in this article is that there were some people who confirmed that corn syrup was added to the product before exporting to reduce cost.

As a result of this reading, I am going to leave it alone until I know more about it.
Posted by: italybound, Sunday, January 20, 2008, 8:23pm; Reply: 16
:o :o :o :o :o :o  oh no!!!!!! I hope NONE of this is true, (pray)(pray) as it is the only sweetener I use!! I've recommended it to tons of people as well.  :o :o  Dr D where are you????? (pray)(pray)(pray)
Wait, isn't agave a neutral in the Typebase4?  BRB...........
yes, yes, it is........ http://www.dadamo.com/typebase4/depictor5.pl?600
That is a little comfort, but I'd still like to hear what Dr D has to say on the matter. :-)
Posted by: 119 (Guest), Sunday, January 20, 2008, 10:39pm; Reply: 17
Yes,I was very alarmed when I read that, because the only other sweetener that's neutral to us O nonnies is molasses, and it's flavor overwhelms whatever you put it in.  I really hope there is more info on this, cause I have 10 bottles of agave syrup in my cupboard, and I've come up with so many recipes using it.(pray)
Posted by: Brighid45, Sunday, January 20, 2008, 11:01pm; Reply: 18
You have to be careful about the brand you use. This is the only one I buy:

http://www.blueagavenectar.com/

Other brands can have additives. Blue Agave doesn't. I use it all the time and it has never given me any problems.
Posted by: Ribbit, Monday, January 21, 2008, 1:16am; Reply: 19
I don't feel bad when I eat agave, but then, I don't feel bad when I eat corn and all the derivatives thereof either.  But I just asked my husband, who has all along said, "Agave isn't good for me," how he feels when I do feed it to him.  He said, "I wake up the next morning with my hands stiff and aching."  That's his corn reaction.  Enough said?

You'd think the FDA would say, "If it's got corn syrup in it, it needs to be labeled correctly."  But how's the FDA to know if the guys in Mexico are dumping corn syrup into the agave vats and saying, "It's pure agave."  They wouldn't know.  That's the problem with shipping food in from other places.  Maybe when we move to the country I'll start an agave farm.
Posted by: teri, Monday, January 21, 2008, 1:59am; Reply: 20
Quoted from Brighid45
You have to be careful about the brand you use. This is the only one I buy:

http://www.blueagavenectar.com/

Other brands can have additives. Blue Agave doesn't. I use it all the time and it has never given me any problems.


You might be right about this, at least I hope you are. But, like Ribbit says, how are we to know for sure? When you read an article like the one I posted earlier, it sure makes you wonder just who is telling the truth or who may not have done a thorough job in researching. I also buy only 'organic raw blue agave' but my brand is 'Wholesome Sweeteners', who, on their website also claims that theirs is the highest quality agave on the market. Wholesome also sells 'organic blue agave' which is sold as a different product than 'organic raw blue agave'. The 'raw' product is stated to be 100% pure and cooked at a lower temperature of 118oF. This contradicts the article. So who to believe?
Posted by: roller56, Monday, January 21, 2008, 2:12am; Reply: 21

I also use organic raw blue agave and believe that it is pure and won't cause me any problems.  I have used it for quite  while and notice that if I use othe sweeteners, I feel a little stiff.

roler56
Posted by: Brighid45, Monday, January 21, 2008, 11:57am; Reply: 22
I can only say that when I use Blue Agave, I don't get my usual reaction to corn or high fructose sweeteners--joint aches, swollen hands and feet, itchiness and swelling in lymph areas, blood sugar swings and headaches/mood swings. It doesn't bother me at all, actually, and I'm extremely sensitive to corn and corn products of all kinds.

Still, I try to keep my use of all sweeteners to absolute minimum as they tend to trigger binge eating and calorie Gathering.

If agave doesn't work for you or you suspect the source, try vegetable glycerine instead, or sweeten with stevia or compliant fruit juice.
Posted by: Ribbit, Monday, January 21, 2008, 12:35pm; Reply: 23
We use Madhava brand, which is "USDA-certified organic."  But again, who's to say it's really organic?  The Mexican government, or the American government?  Does the US have workers on site to patrol what's happening?  How good a job would they do? :-/
Posted by: Lloyd, Monday, January 21, 2008, 5:23pm; Reply: 24
Quoted from Ribbit
We use Madhava brand, which is "USDA-certified organic."  But again, who's to say it's really organic?  The Mexican government, or the American government?  Does the US have workers on site to patrol what's happening?  How good a job would they do? :-/


There are likely many things you take for granted on a day-to-day basis that require the same amount of faith, or more. :)
Posted by: Ribbit, Monday, January 21, 2008, 7:47pm; Reply: 25
Yes, that's really the least of my worries.  Mainly what I have to worry about today is the amount of something they're putting in our drinking water.  We filter the water to drink, but some days I and my daughter get all itchy in the shower.  Would chlorine do that?  We use all-natural soap and shampoo (if you want to call Sodium Laureth Sulfate natural).
Posted by: teri, Monday, January 21, 2008, 8:16pm; Reply: 26
Quoted from Lloyd
There are likely many things you take for granted on a day-to-day basis that require the same amount of faith, or more. :)


This is true, Lloyd. But I prefer not to have to rely on faith when it comes to the foods I eat and it is really nice when we are able to eliminate some of these things off our daily list. I think the question we are raising is "who to trust"? Researchers? Producers? Government? Each other? My experience with researchers is that 99% of the time there is a hidden agenda (Dr.D excluded). Producers too, except agenda is quite obvious. And government? Well, who knows what goes on there?  So, I prefer the latter, especially when I read something like this...

Quoted from Brighid45
I can only say that when I use Blue Agave, I don't get my usual reaction to corn or high fructose sweeteners--joint aches, swollen hands and feet, itchiness and swelling in lymph areas, blood sugar swings and headaches/mood swings. It doesn't bother me at all, actually, and I'm extremely sensitive to corn and corn products of all kinds.


This says soooo much, but most of all it says that we don't have to rely on faith where food is concerned because there is always proof out there (or here) somewhere if we keep looking.
Posted by: TJ, Monday, January 21, 2008, 11:00pm; Reply: 27
Quoted from Ribbit
Yes, that's really the least of my worries.  Mainly what I have to worry about today is the amount of something they're putting in our drinking water.  We filter the water to drink, but some days I and my daughter get all itchy in the shower.  Would chlorine do that?  We use all-natural soap and shampoo (if you want to call Sodium Laureth Sulfate natural).


http://www.mercola.com/1999/archive/fluoride_controversy.htm
http://www.mercola.com/2004/jun/12/fluoride_deception.htm

Apparently, the stuff that goes into the water with the fluoride is worse than the fluoride itself.
Posted by: 66 (Guest), Monday, January 21, 2008, 11:07pm; Reply: 28
Quoted from Brighid45
If agave doesn't work for you or you suspect the source, try vegetable glycerine instead, or sweeten with stevia or compliant fruit juice.


Where can you get vegetable glycerine?  I cannot find it at any of our HF stores.
Posted by: Brighid45, Monday, January 21, 2008, 11:26pm; Reply: 29
If you can't find veggie glycerine in your local HFS, see if they would be willing to order it for you. If they can't or won't do so, then try a baking supply store. Commercial bakers use glycerine in baked goods to make them moist. My mother used to bake wedding cakes and she always added glycerine to the cake batter. If you don't have a baker's supply in your town, check the local pharmacy or drugstore, they may carry it or be able to get it for you. If all else fails, you should be able to find an online source.
Posted by: Chanur, Tuesday, January 22, 2008, 12:12am; Reply: 30
My HF stocks the veg. gly. is in the natural living section rather than in the baking aisle because many people use it externally instead of eating it. That's why I always check to make sure it's 100% pure.
Posted by: italybound, Tuesday, January 22, 2008, 5:14am; Reply: 31
Quoted from Chanur
My HF stocks the veg. gly. is in the natural living section rather than in the baking aisle because many people use it externally instead of eating it.


This is where WF has it as well. I can't for the life of me imagine how you would use that externally as it's so sticky  :o

Quoted from Ribbit
....but some days I and my daughter get all itchy in the shower.  Would chlorine do that?  We use all-natural soap and shampoo (if you want to call Sodium Laureth Sulfate natural).


I have this problem too but mainly in the winter. We have a cheap filter on the water as it enters the house. It does filter chlorine, but not as much as I'm sure I'd like. I use only the goats milk soap from WF, can't think of the name, tho I do think it starts w/ a Z.  and I use only shampoo that doesn't contain SLS, so for me it has to be the water. For the reason of avoiding chlorine, I rarely swim in pools. Such a shame as it's such good exercise. I do hear there is a more natural product in the works, but I imagine it will be many years before public pools such as the YMCA use that.  :-/   I have read many articles saying how much chlorine is absorbed in a daily shower. Think what a daily swim would do.  :o :o
Posted by: Ribbit, Tuesday, January 22, 2008, 1:22pm; Reply: 32
Oh, for the days when we jumped in the local "swimmin' holler" and all we had to worry about were leaches, snakes and swimmer's ear.   :(

My husband said that at least here in Atlanta they occasionally "shock" the system with an extra dose of all the chemicals if they've found some bacterial overgrowth.  Some days the water straight from the tap smells so strongly of chlorine it's repulsing.  It's like pool water.  He did say, though, that chlorine evaporates, so when I water all my plants I just let the water sit out a few hours firstt.  I can't wait till we move to the country and have well water (we'll have to get it tested, I'm sure, to make sure it's not pesticide-laden).....it's in the works!  Maybe within the next year we'll have a house in the country.  

That's a great site, Drive.  Thanks for posting the links.
Posted by: 119 (Guest), Wednesday, January 23, 2008, 5:50pm; Reply: 33
Thank you everyone for responding to my concern.  I guess I'll have to think of something to do with all that agave syrup I have in my cupboard.  I did noticed that when ever I ate anything with agave syrup in it it made my mouth very dry.  My husband's not going to be happy about that.  Dr. D's protien bars are made with agave syrup.  I wish I had a microscope so I could put agave syrup with some blood cells under it and see what happens.
Posted by: italybound, Thursday, January 24, 2008, 3:02am; Reply: 34
Cynthia, have you been over to GTD and posted your concern?
I really have a hard time believing Dr D would use it in the bars or list it as neutral if there were problems like is being suggested in that book. Maybe Dr D will come on and adress this issue before you get rid of it all. ;-)
Curious, have you tried the blue agave? I have used it in the past but haven't paid alot of attention between that and the Madhava (I think it's called)  What I buy says it's 100% agave, but it is from Mexico, so maybe I'll stick w/ the blue agave. I usually buy the other because it's cheaper, but what they hey?  ;)
Posted by: 119 (Guest), Thursday, January 24, 2008, 6:16am; Reply: 35
My original concern wasn't that it might be diluted with corn syrup, but that the known effects of the agave plant include disintegration of red blood cells, depression of the central nervous system and cellular damage. ??)  My syrup says it's 100% pure agave, and it's pretty thin.  I would think that corn syrup would make it thicker.(shrug)
Posted by: Curious, Thursday, January 24, 2008, 8:42am; Reply: 36
Quoted from italybound
Curious, have you tried the blue agave?

Agave is not very common in the health food shops in Australia (or at least where I live). The one I have got is called 'organic agave nectar' and it is from Mexico.

Posted by: Peppermint Twist, Thursday, January 24, 2008, 2:32pm; Reply: 37
Corn syrup is an ingredient that, by US law, must be listed on the label.  Since I buy a USDA certified organic brand of agave nectar, and the only ingredient is:  "organic agave nectar", I do not worry in the slightest, especially since I wrote to the company about the corn syrup concerns a while back, and they wrote back and said that they are aware of the statements by one specific competitor that all other brands besides that one competitor contain corn syrup, but that they can assure me that their brand does NOT contain anything but pure, organic agave nectar.

I'm not worried about it in the slightest.  Cynical as I am about our food supply, corporations, and labeling, I truly believe that since the product is labeled as USDA certified organic, and as only containing agave, AND since the company assured me in writing that all it contains is agave, all it contains is, in fact, agave.

btw, the brand I buy is Sweet Cactus Farms (http://www.sweetcactusfarms.com)
Posted by: teri, Thursday, January 24, 2008, 2:33pm; Reply: 38
Quoted from Curious

Agave is not very common in the health food shops in Australia (or at least where I live). The one I have got is called 'organic agave nectar' and it is from Mexico.



Mexico is the only country currently producing agave nectar/syrup. It may get (re)packaged for distribution in other countries, but it all comes from Mexico.

Posted by: 119 (Guest), Thursday, January 24, 2008, 5:51pm; Reply: 39
What about my other concern: the disintegration of red blood cells, depression of the central nervous system, and cellular dammage? :o
Posted by: Vicki, Thursday, January 24, 2008, 6:16pm; Reply: 40
Dr. D lists sugar as an avoid for Type A non-secretors because it "provokes abnormal blood reaction".  I don't see it as a reason in the typebase right now, but I remember it being that way.

He doesn't list that as a reason for agave nectar, just neutral for all.

Posted by: teri, Thursday, January 24, 2008, 6:45pm; Reply: 41
Quoted from 119
What about my other concern: the disintegration of red blood cells, depression of the central nervous system, and cellular dammage? :o


The article that I posted earlier does support Cheryl Townsley's health concerns re. agave. The culprit seems to be "fructose", though my interpretation of it all is that it is the unnaturally high fructose level in the "cooked" product that is the culprit. It seems safe enough to consume agave products if they are made from "raw" product, ie. "produced at a temperature lower than 1180F", which, on my bottle it says exactly that. It doesn't just say "raw", there is an explanation telling exactly how it was produced. The "cooked" version of agave syrup produces an extremely high (unnatural) fructose level. The fructose levels of each product can be verified at Nutrition Data. You can see the huge difference...

RAW (http://www.nutritiondata.com/facts-C00001-01c22bP.html)
COOKED (http://www.nutritiondata.com/facts-C00001-01c22bQ.html)

So, I'm of the conclusion that "raw" is the only way to go where agave is concerned. But that's not all - according to the article, anyone can put "raw" on the bottle, so, if there isn't a specific mention of producing methods on the bottle, I would investigate further.
Posted by: 119 (Guest), Friday, January 25, 2008, 2:49am; Reply: 42
Thankyou Teri!  My agave syrup is the Madhava brand; it is USDA certfied organic raw, prossed at less than 115 degrees, so I guess now I'm back in business with agave syrup.  Yeah!!!!(dance)(woot)(clap)
Posted by: 119 (Guest), Saturday, January 26, 2008, 5:32pm; Reply: 43
I just thought of another question.  Agave syrup is safe if it is prosessed below 118 degrees, so if you cook with it at tempratures higher than that does that make it unsafe by creating the very high fructose? ??)
Posted by: teri, Saturday, January 26, 2008, 8:07pm; Reply: 44
Quoted from 119
I just thought of another question.  Agave syrup is safe if it is prosessed below 118 degrees, so if you cook with it at tempratures higher than that does that make it unsafe by creating the very high fructose? ??)


Good question, Cynthia. How can we measure it? Unless Ribbit's husband is willing to take the test. But that's not even a good measurement because he doesn't know for sure what he's reacting to, the high fructose or the possible corn content in the agave. We need to know first whether he has different reactions to raw vs. cooked agave.

Quoted from Ribbit
We use Madhava brand, which is "USDA-certified organic."


Madhava distributes both cooked and raw syrup. Which is this?
Posted by: Ribbit, Sunday, January 27, 2008, 2:50am; Reply: 45
It doesn't say, which probably means it's cooked.  

He doesn't have symptoms of Candida, although we have, in the past, traded the itchies. :B  Since I started using liquid chlorophyll, and thereby changing my body's pH, we haven't had itchies.
Posted by: 119 (Guest), Sunday, January 27, 2008, 5:47am; Reply: 46
All the agave syrup I have is raw, certified organic Madhava, cooked at temps below 115 degrees.  I use it in my bread and I haven't noticed any kind of reactions.  What does the GTD say about agave syrup?
Posted by: teri, Sunday, January 27, 2008, 7:54am; Reply: 47
The GTD doesn't say anything about it except to list its status for each genotype.
Posted by: Squirrel, Wednesday, March 5, 2008, 3:43pm; Reply: 48
Quoted from Ribbit
He doesn't have symptoms of Candida, although we have, in the past, traded the itchies. :B  Since I started using liquid chlorophyll, and thereby changing my body's pH, we haven't had itchies.
When my hubbie and were put on the BTD it was for candida overgrowth. Neither of us had any symptoms. So you may have changed your body's pH but if he hasn't, he could still have the overgrowth without the symptoms. Just a thought.

And re: agave and blood issues, I think I'm of the opinion that provided it's corn-free and Dr. D still thinks it's neutral, then the small amount that goes into my daily cookie is not going to be a problem. That is provided I avoid my avoids and keep taking the Deflect. I think that sweating the small stuff can often cause worse dis-ease than eating possible baddies. If we acted on every article we read, we'd starve for sure.

Posted by: Crimson, Saturday, March 8, 2008, 2:38am; Reply: 49
Quoted from Peppermint Twist
Corn syrup is an ingredient that, by US law, must be listed on the label.  Since I buy a USDA certified organic brand of agave nectar, and the only ingredient is:  "organic agave nectar",
I'm not worried about it in the slightest.  Cynical as I am about our food supply, corporations, and labeling, I truly believe that since the product is labeled as USDA certified organic, and as only containing agave, AND since the company assured me in writing that all it contains is agave, all it contains is, in fact, agave.

btw, the brand I buy is Sweet Cactus Farms (http://www.sweetcactusfarms.com)




THAT is exactly what I was thinking on this.
I'm new to agave. But I enjoy it. I mix some of it with dark cocoa and have choc. rice milk! Good good stuff!
I think it makes the best chocolate milk!
It may just be my sweet tooth talking.

For those of you who would like to see some of the "controversy" on Agave...
http://www.amazon.com/All-Agave-Nectars-Are-Equal/forum/Fx438KNAX1SZQ9/TxU2B4K4UTTGP0/1/ref=cm_cd_pg_pg1?%5Fencoding=UTF8&cdItems=10&asin=B000FMZMN8

My honest opinion is that this Volcanic Blue Agave company has likely paid someone to start rumors to up their sales.
Nothing modivates people more than fear.
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