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Is agave nectar healthier than sugar or other sweeteners?

By Brierley Wright, April 10, 2009 - 4:36am

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Brierley asks: What natural sweeteners do you like to use?

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I really like monk fruit sweetener for coffee/tea. A few drawbacks: It's somewhat expensive and sold in small packages, so it's not ideal for baking.

Anonymous

01/25/2014 - 2:39pm

Given the extreme-bad health implications of agave, being primarily high fructose corn syrup, and the fact that the comments aren't directly readable from this page, this post should be removed from the site.

At this point it's simply unethical to continue to show this page.

Anonymous

12/18/2013 - 2:50pm

Agave = high fructose corn syrup, so unless you think HFCS is good for you then agave is a terrible for your health.

Don't believe it, Google "is agave high in fructose".

Anonymous

12/18/2013 - 2:47pm

Don't eat agave nectar. I did and, I will admit I used a lot, however I didn't even drink half of the slushy that I made. In less then 30 minutes my stomach was bubbling up. I research into agave more and to my surprise the stuff is horrible and being promoted as healthy alternative to sugar. Or healthy because it has a lower GI. I poured it out after reading. The best thing I know to do is use fruits, unrefined sugar, molasses or honey in low levels. We this day in age are addicted to too much sugar. As you wean yourself off and eat more vegetables you won't want your food to be so sugary sweet anymore.

Anonymous

03/16/2013 - 9:37am

I've been doing a lot of reading about the harmful effects of sugar, HFCS, fructose, and artificial sweeteners like Splenda, etc. They will all spike your insulin and cause you to gain belly fat, even though the artificial sweeteners may not add calories. I switched to Truvia and Stevia, having read that these will not spike your insulin and cause belly fat. So far (6 months), I have had a much easier time maintaining and/or quickly losing the 1-2 lbs. that I might gain, so I believe that the Truvia and Stevia have helped a lot. Judy K.

Anonymous

12/10/2012 - 2:56pm

The only time I ever used agave nectar was in hot coco last year thats it ! Otherwise I do not use natural sweeteners.

Anonymous

10/17/2012 - 9:19pm

I like using Xylitol

Anonymous

08/10/2012 - 8:30pm

I love agave! I bake with it, cook with it, use it in cold and hot drinks - everything!! Awwwemazing! I refuse to use white sugar anymore!

Anonymous

12/12/2011 - 12:37pm

agave

Anonymous

11/13/2011 - 2:37pm

Agave nectar and/or agave syrup is indeed popular but there are better options out there, such as coconut sugar and yacon syrup.

Agave is high in fructose syrup whereas coconut sugar has a pleasant taste and has more nutrients than just sucrose. The glycemic index of coconut sugar is 35 so it is a low GI food. Even lower then coconut sugar's GI is yacon syrup whose GI is 1. The sweetness of yacon syrup comes from complex carbohydrates called fructo-oligosaccharides, also known as a prebiotic.

Anonymous

11/06/2010 - 12:08pm

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