Agave Nectar and Fructose Are Evil

star_wars_phantom_menace_sith2Yes, agave nectar and fructose are strong with the dark side of the force.  Last week, I posted a tweet that said “fructose is poison”, and small group of people disagreed with me, and asked me to provide how much is safe, and proof of why I think it is poison.  One of them suggested that I’m a “Lustig Devotee”, but I don’t even know Lustig, so no, I’m not a devotee.  So here’s my reasoning about why agave nectar and fructose are evil, mostly agave nectar actually.

First, I should explain why some people think that agave nectar is good for diabetics (that’s the evil part).  The agave nectar companies as well as many raw food activists swear by this stuff, and they do their very best to convince us that it’s healthy for us.  They say it’s good for diabetics because it doesn’t raise your blood sugar much.  It’s true that it doesn’t raise blood sugar much, but it’s not true that it’s good for diabetics.  I’ll get to that in a moment.  The important thing to know about agave nectar is that it’s 90% fructose.

So if it doesn’t raise your blood sugar, or cause an insulin release, what happens to it?  Fructose cannot be processed into energy by your muscles.  Instead it’s processed by your liver, and turned into fat to be stored in your fat cells, to be converted into energy at a later time.  They’re actually called triglycerides.  Wait a minute.  Your liver turns all that fructose into triglycerides?  You know, the stuff that’s stored in your fat cells, and that raises your risk of heart disease, as if your risk isn’t high enough having diabetes?!  Yeah, that stuff!  Now, imagine using agave nectar as a sweetener in everything, replacing your household sweeteners with it.  Madhava-Organic-Agave-Nectar-Light-235-oz(Remember, it’s 90% fructose!)  This is what the marketing companies want you to do.  To buy agave nectar as your primary household sweetener, because it’s a “healthy alternative”.  Christ!  Every time I hear that I want to scream.  The marketing companies that market agave nectar want you to believe it’s good for your diabetes and instead it could kill you.  You’re trading a short term health benefit, no blood sugar spike, for a long term health risk, heart attack resulting in death.  I have experience in death, so please excuse me for being a little dramatic, but I want to stop you from having to go through that.  It sucks big time!  When they checked my cholesterol in the hospital after my cardiac arrest, my triglycerides were 289 I think, and my HDL was 29.  That’s the exact recipe for heart disease.  I had heart disease, and the first symptom was cardiac arrest!  If high quantities of fructose in agave nectar can add to your triglycerides, wouldn’t you want to discontinue use of it, or never even try it?  You’re already at risk because you have diabetes.

So how much is safe?  I have no flippin’ clue, and no scientist or medical professional will give you a straight answer to that question anyway.  All I know, is that I prefer sweeteners that don’t make friends with you like Senator Palpatine, only to try to kill you later as the Emperer.  Yes, fructose is in many other whole foods in natural form, but those foods aren’t 90% fructose.  It’s that 90% part that I’m going to protect myself from.  It’s like PURE FRUCTOSE and PURE EVIL.  No thank you!!!  So that’s why I called fructose poison in my tweet, but I should have been more specific and called agave nectar poison, because that’s what is truly evil.  The fact that it’s touted as a healthy alternative for diabetics, when it’s just as bad for you as sugar is.

 

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Dehydration and Diabetes

Do you know that dehydration and diabetes go hand in hand?  Did you know that if you have diabetes and a high blood sugar, it can cause dehydration, which causes a high blood sugar AND temporary insulin resistance, causing an even higher blood sugar?  Yeah, neither did I for the longest time.  When I was a kid, my mom used to tell me that dark urine meant my sugar was high.  That’s true.  The urine is dark because my kidneys are trying to reduce my blood sugar by filtering it out in the urine, which can lead to dehydration.

When you have a high blood sugar, the body tries to correct this naturally, by removing the  glucose from the blood stream, filtering it through the kidneys, and out of the body when you urinate.  This is what causes your urine to become dark.  If you become dehydrated as a result of this, your network of blood vessels can’t deliver nutrients or INSULIN as well, so your insulin won’t work the way it should (temporary insulin resistance).  Now you bolus, but your blood sugar won’t go down.  Sound familiar?

Have you ever noticed that when your blood sugar is high, you have to pee a lot?  When you’re peeing, you’re helping, and making it worse at the same time.  You’re getting the glucose out of your system, and you’re making the insulin resistance worse.  It’s a catch 22, right?  Wait, it gets worse!

The next thing the frequent urination causes, is an electrolyte imbalance.  Some common symptoms of the imbalance are muscle cramps, trembling, mental confusion, and many more.   Do these symptoms sound familiar?  Common electrolytes are sodium, potassium, magnesium, calcium, and chloride.  I use Real Salt and Himalayan Salt in my house, and eat avocados almost every day to keep my electrolyte levels up all the time.  Electrolytes are needed for most of your bodies functions, including the beating of the heart and other muscle action.  Without them, we die.  (Check out my guest blog about the diabetic superfood, the avocado on Diabetes Daily.)

So now we have a recipe that causes that dreaded 3 letter abbreviation we all know.  DKA (Diabetic Ketoacidosis)  DKA happens because the body can’t utilize the insulin you’re injecting, so it turns to burning fatty acids which don’t require insulin.  The body starts to break down fat cells into fatty acids, which releases ketone bodies, both of which can be used for fuel.  Insulin is what brings down the level of ketone bodies in your blood, just like glucose.  Since insulin isn’t working at this point, your ketones rise to dangerous levels, making your blood pH acidic, and you can end up in the emergency room.

When you go to the hospital, they treat you with an IV of saline (salt water), insulin, and electrolytes.  This is the combination to correct dehydration, and thus DKA.  To prevent dehydration, and DKA, my advice is to always drink lots of water, eat avocados, and use a good quality sea or himalayan salt.  When your blood sugar is a little high, put a pinch of salt in a bottle or glass of water and drink up.  Problem averted.

Symptoms of dehydration include frequent urination, dry mouth, weakness, lightheadedness, muscle cramps, sweating stops, and more.  Easy ways to check for dehydration are the color of the urine, and the skin test in the picture to the right ———->

Oh, by the way, caffeine makes dehydration worse because it makes you pee.  So don’t think your soda, coffee, or tea will help in preventing dehydration.    Drink water, . . . just plain water, in a dehydration scenario.

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