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Offline Enigma

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Agave Inulin
« on: September 24, 2010, 09:02:17 AM »
Just found this stuff: http://www.vivagave.com/

Any thoughts on it? Apparently it claims to not be insulemic and does not affect triglycerides. It is said to be a "prebiotic".

They claim it can be used to replace sugar, fat AND flour. How that is possible, I've no idea.

Any thoughts? Experience? Opinions?

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Re: Agave Inulin
« Reply #1 on: September 24, 2010, 11:35:56 AM »
The processing makes it 'un-paleo', plus some have said it is as bad for you as high fructose corn syrup.  I am not sure have valid that is though.

I use it occasionally, but have not purchased any in a long time.  Sometimes my kids want something a little sweet and honey doesn't have the right 'flavor'.  Recently though we have just used honey in limited amounts.


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Re: Agave Inulin
« Reply #2 on: September 24, 2010, 01:48:34 PM »
Dr. Mercola's news letter a couple of week ago said Agave sweetener was worse than HFCS.  Mercola isn't paleo, but he isn't a low fat high carb practitioner either. He mostly advises to avoid grains, sugar and dairy - except for raw dairy.

Shocking! This 'Tequila' Sweetener is Far Worse than High Fructose Corn Syrup.
  http://t.co/shXDuiI via @mercola



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Re: Agave Inulin
« Reply #3 on: September 24, 2010, 01:52:15 PM »
My reply to this disappeared.  It had a link to an article about it on Dr. Mercola's web site. I used a Twitter link shortener.  Dr. Mercola said it is worse than HFCS.

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Re: Agave Inulin
« Reply #4 on: September 24, 2010, 04:51:25 PM »
I lost the link, but I read that most of the agave that makes it into the US, despite the labeling, is cut with HFCS because agave is in high demand for syrup, tequila, etc.


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Re: Agave Inulin
« Reply #5 on: September 26, 2010, 07:41:48 PM »
Agave is a bunch of crap. If you want a sweetener use unprocessed honey.
http://www.huffingtonpost.com/dr-jonny-bowden/debunking-the-blue-agave_b_450144.html

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Re: Agave Inulin
« Reply #6 on: September 26, 2010, 09:36:33 PM »
I appreciate all of the responses, however... this is not the liquid agave sweetener that you are all thinking of. If you follow the link I posted you will discover it is a powder-based inulin prebiotic fibre supplement.

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Re: Agave Inulin
« Reply #7 on: September 26, 2010, 10:17:46 PM »
I appreciate all of the responses, however... this is not the liquid agave sweetener that you are all thinking of. If you follow the link I posted you will discover it is a powder-based inulin prebiotic fibre supplement.

My bad.  I don't think it is paleo as it is processed root/rhyome and not something that would have been eaten raw. There are benefits, but I understand it is HIGH in fructose and all I can think of is a parallel to the problems associated with HFCS.  Just a gut feeling.  Not to mention it makes you gassy.  :o

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Re: Agave Inulin
« Reply #8 on: September 26, 2010, 11:50:37 PM »
I appreciate all of the responses, however... this is not the liquid agave sweetener that you are all thinking of. If you follow the link I posted you will discover it is a powder-based inulin prebiotic fibre supplement.
Woops, dont know anything about that sorry.

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Re: Agave Inulin
« Reply #9 on: September 27, 2010, 08:40:58 AM »
I appreciate all of the responses, however... this is not the liquid agave sweetener that you are all thinking of. If you follow the link I posted you will discover it is a powder-based inulin prebiotic fibre supplement.

My reading was that it was basically dried soluble fiber.

I think the paleo way of getting soluble fiber is to eat whole fruit.

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Re: Agave Inulin
« Reply #10 on: September 27, 2010, 10:13:39 AM »
it is highly processed. which should be an answer in itself. Have some greens instead for fiber (or fruit, if that suits your style of eating)

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Re: Agave Inulin
« Reply #11 on: September 29, 2010, 08:55:39 AM »
Just found this stuff: http://www.vivagave.com/

Any thoughts on it? Apparently it claims to not be insulemic and does not affect triglycerides. It is said to be a "prebiotic".

They claim it can be used to replace sugar, fat AND flour. How that is possible, I've no idea.

Any thoughts? Experience? Opinions?

I have no experience with this product at all.  My -OPINION- is that anytime I need a chemistry degree to read about a product, it probably is not something I need to eat.  See below from their web site:

Nutritional and Health Benefits of Inulin and Oligofructose

Inulin is a term applied to a heterogeneous blend of fructose polymers found widely distributed in nature as plant storage carbohydrates. Oligofructose is a subgroup of inulin, consisting of polymers with a degree of polymerization...

Then you can click on a PDF link that will take you to a 5 page explanation of what oligoructose is and how it -might- be better then sugar.  Isn't that how HFCS started?  I think I will pass on this one as well.