Definition

Agave syrup is a liquid sweetener 1.4 to 1.6 times sweeter than sucrose (table sugar) derived from agave plants.

Health considerations

Agave syrup has a lower glycemic index than sucrose, similar to that of fructose. Agave syrup itself is very high in fructose. Agave is not a significant source of antioxidants, containing far less than brown sugar, maple syrup, molasses, and other alternative sweeteners. See: Fructose.

Keep in mind

Agave nectars typically contain more fructose than high fructose corn syrup, and are produced in a similar fashion to high fructose corn syrup via multi-stage chemical and physical conversion of the inulin-rich agave root.

May be found in

Energy bars, cookies, yogurt, granola, beverages

References

The American Journal of Clinical Nutrition
Journal of the American Dietetic Association

Alternative spellings and names

Agave, agave nectar

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