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why is agave nectar better than sugar?

Discussion in 'Diet and Nutrition' started by dania, Jun 15, 2009.

  1. dania Cathlete

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    Just curious why agave nectar is suppose to be better for you than sugar, when I've read that it actually has more calories? I understand that the glycemic index on agave is lower, but does that outway the fact that there's more calories? Thanks for any replies!
     
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  3. dania Cathlete

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    Thank you so much! That article made a lot of sense. My goal is to slowly cut most sugars out of my diet, because I have a huge problem with them. So it was good for me to hear that sugar is sugar - even if I would love for there to be a healthy substitute.;)

    Dani
     
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  4. JodelleFitzh20 Cathlete

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    Wouldn't we all?? Just have your indulgences every now and then, and try to keep the healthy eating ratio to about 80% good, 20% bad, so that the good nourishment outweighs the bad junk!
     
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  5. Lyrica Member

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    I have been warned away from agave by my docs since I have a mildly fatty liver. Agave can be 90% fructose and is processed by the liver and stored as fat. You can Google this for lots of good info.
     
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    Agave has been touted as better than sugar because it is low glycemic, but as the article Jodelle linked to suggests, it's now getting more attention as not being as healthy as originally promoted to be, because of the effects of fructose on the liver.

    If you'd rather hear about the agave controversy than read about it, Kevin Gianni has several Youtube videos discussing it: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=VKoC9JUCeCk&feature=channel
     
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  7. JodelleFitzh20 Cathlete

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    Thanks for that video, Kathryn. That is very informative!:)
     
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    I agree a sugar is a sugar. I even limit fruit and starches...seems like they all have a similar effect on me and trigger cravings.
     
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  9. Lewis630 New Member

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    What most people don't know is that agave nectar is made up of fructose and glucose, but it has a lower glycemic index than table sugar. Agave nectar has the same number as calories as sugar.
     
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  11. samantha12 New Member

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    agave nectar is better i think because it has more calories. more calories mean more beneficial
     
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