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Agave syrup: What you don't know may hurt you

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  • Profile picture of Robyn Chelsea-Seifert
    Robyn Chelsea-Seifert 5 years ago

    Thanks for doing a write up on this Rebecca. We were very surprised to learn just how unhealthy agave syrup was when we decided to use it as an alternative sweetener thinking it was a better choice. I don't believe many realize that. Great information to arm yourself with.

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    Cornrefiner 5 years ago

    The Corn Refiners Association petitioned the U.S. Food and Drug Administration asking that manufacturers have the option of using “corn sugar” as an alternate name for high fructose corn syrup on product labels because “corn sugar” more accurately describes the composition of the ingredient.

    High fructose corn syrup is made from corn, a natural grain product. It contains no artificial or synthetic ingredients or color additives and the U.S. Food and Drug Administration listed it as safe for use in food in 1983 and reaffirmed the decision in 1996.

    The American Medical Association stated that, “Because the composition of high fructose corn syrup and sucrose are so similar, particularly on absorption by the body, it appears unlikely that high fructose corn syrup contributes more to obesity or other conditions than sucrose.”

    According to the American Dietetic Association, “high fructose corn syrup…is nutritionally equivalent to sucrose. Once absorbed into the blood stream, the two sweeteners are indistinguishable.”

    Furthermore, high fructose corn syrup has the same number of calories (4 per gram) as table sugar and is equal in sweetness. It contains no artificial or synthetic ingredients.

    As many dietitians agree, all sugars should be consumed in moderation as part of a balanced lifestyle.

    Consumers can see the latest research and learn more about high fructose corn syrup at

    Audrae Erickson
    Corn Refiners Association

  • Josh G 5 years ago

    high fructose corn syrup is to corn what heroin is to a poppy seed bagel. One is yummy and great with butter, the other will kill you!

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    Rebecca Rovay-Hazelton 5 years ago

    haha! ;)

  • Josh G 5 years ago

    pretty "sweet" article!

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    Jessica Burns 5 years ago

    As a nutritionist, I have researched and found information that supports the exact opposite. Recently Agave has gotten some bad press, but I wonder if it's a part of the sugar industries attempts to keep you addicted to the insulin producing sugar that causes diabetes, and obesity. Sugar is far more dangerous than almost any alternative. While it increases insulin, causing mood problems and increases your chances of diabetes, it also is processed with Chlorine. I agree Stevia is a wonderful option. I'd also encourage those fearful of Agave to try Yacon Syrup. All three are low in their insulin producing effects. Good Luck!

  • Profile picture of Rebecca Rovay-Hazelton
    Rebecca Rovay-Hazelton 5 years ago

    Thanks for your comment. You are right about insulin being a drawback of sugar. It is the fructose in agave that is problematic for health and weight gain. As a nutritionist, you would loveDr. Robert Lustig's video that I link to in my article. I'd love to hear your feedback.

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