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Is Agave Worse Than High Fructose Corn Syrup?

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Is Agave Worse Than High Fructose Corn Syrup?

There have been some articles surfacing that claim agave nectar is no better than high-fructose corn syrup–a statement that, as a vegan baker and agave-lover, flabbergasted me, to say the least. How could my beloved, natural, organic, alternative agave be no better than processed, Monsanto-sprayed, genetically modified high fructose corn syrup? Is my beloved brownie-sweetener really nothing more than glorified high-fructose junk?

The answer is not as black and white as the Weston A. Price Foundation (WAPF)–the group whose research started this “agave-gate”–would have you believe. (For more about the Weston A. Price foundation, read this.)

Agave can have a lot of fructose, around 90 percent (Sugar is 50 percent fructose, high-fructose corn syrup (HFCS) is 55 percent). The problem with taking in a lot of fructose is that your body must convert it to glucose in the liver, but if you have too much, it gets stored as fat. Fructose is correlated with increased blood triglyceride levels, heart disease, and insulin resistance. This isn’t really a concern when you’re eating fruit, a natural source of fructose (along with other vitamins and minerals). It’s when synthetically made fructose is ingested in such concentrated levels that the problems arise.

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Kayla Coleman

Kayla Coleman is a Campaigns Associate at Care2, as well as an artist, writer, and animal activist. When she's not running or baking vegan cookies, she's usually reading about health and nutrition, animals, or the environment. Her motto is, "if not now, when?"


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3:01AM PDT on Jun 16, 2013

Thank you :)

10:10AM PST on Jan 3, 2013


6:58AM PST on Jan 2, 2013

It seems you are dammed if you do and dammed if you don't!! It shouldn't be this complicated but it seems that is always is.

10:20PM PST on Jan 1, 2013

Good information, thanks

12:31PM PDT on May 8, 2011

Most recipes can have sugar replace with molasses.

5:29AM PDT on May 8, 2011

the main ingredient of tequila

3:26PM PDT on May 6, 2011

thanks for the info!

9:32AM PST on Jan 7, 2011

Good to know cuz I just started using it from a switch from honey in my tea.Thanks!

3:06PM PDT on Jun 2, 2010

I just bought agave in hopes of reducing sugar in my recipes (though I only use brown sugar)

But what's more sweetening in a recipe:
50 calories of agave or 50 calories of brown sugar?

2:59PM PDT on Mar 25, 2010

Buy only the organic blue agave nectar!

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