Jen Cardella asked me to revisit the agave nectar issue this morning.
Before I begin this post, please visit this post from Food Renegade and then come back to see me.
Ok, welcome back. Let me just say that agave nectar really pisses me off.
Our current notion of "sweet" is disturbingly far from what is truly natural and part of the process of switching to a primal diet is to get used to what is actually sweet. It sucks. I don't have any soothing words for you on this one. If you want to use agave nectar/syrup, go right ahead, but do not think that you are making a healthier choice. Desserts and sweets are not necessarily meant to be healthy, and really people, IT'S OK FOR THESE THINGS TO BE UNHEALTHY. Seriously. There is nothing wrong with a homemade cake that's actually just a homemade cake. It's all about the frequency that you eat The Cake. You have to take the personal responsibility to adjust your concept of "everyday" sweet, and what moderation of sweets is. Eating "paleo" brownies everyday after dinner means you are missing the point. You haven't actually changed your behavior, you've just switched it out for what you believe to be a more acceptable substitute.
Ok, now go out there and eat real food, question anything that says All Natural, and don't be another sucker for the quasi-natural food industry.