So-Good Energy Bars recipe modification|No Agave Nectar!

Posted on February 21, 2010

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If you’ve been using the So-Good Energy bar recipe on my site, you’ve been using agave nectar. When I first did that recipe, I was not as educated as I am now about how agave nectar breaks down in the body. Agave nectar is made up of fructose, which is almost on point with HFCS (High Fructose Corn Syrup – bad for you!!).

The problem with fructose in high concentrations is that it is broken down in the liver, & is converted to fat & triglycerides, whereas regular sugars break down in the blood stream into glucose. Consuming agave nectar can actually raise your triglyceride levels, which contribute to your overall cholesterol levels – a dangerous path you don’t want to begin walking down. Also, agave nectar does not stimulate insulin or leptin, two chemicals that play a role in the body knowing when it’s appetite has been met. Failure to stimulate these chemicals means your brain doesn’t know when to tell you you’re done eating….an open door for over-consumption of calories!

With this understanding, I’ve changed the recipe on my site to use honey instead of agave nectar. Please re-bookmark the modified recipe to ensure you’ve got the up-to-date version when you head into the kitchen next time to make some delicious, nutrition-filled energy bars. The new version does cut better if you refrigerate them for an hour or more before cutting into them. You should go make a batch today for a quick snack option during the week!

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