Contributed by Libby Nathan
1. Agave nectar
Agave is touted as a healthy, low GI alternative to sugar and has tricked many into thinking they are making a healthy, guilt-free choice. But, it is actually very high in fructose, not too dissimilar to high fructose corn syrup (yuck). Excess fructose is converted to glucose which can then be stored as fat.
Alternatives: Get your sweetness from a little fruit (fresh or dried) or stevia. Use spices to add a little sweetness –Cinnamon tastes sweet and actually helps balance blood sugar levels! Vanilla bean powder is great too.