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Is agave syrup healthy?

  1. Agave syrup is very popular. You will find this alternative to refined sugar in many food stores and web shops. It is a syrup made from the agave plant. Most agave syrup comes from Mexico and South Africa. One of the advantages of the syrup is that it has a low glycemic index. However, a disadvantage is that the sugar in agave syrup is fructose, too much of this is not good for your health.

How is agave syrup made?

  1. To make agave syrup, we need the nectar of the agave plant. You cannot make syrup from the agave until the plants are between 7 and 10 years old. It is then time to cut the leaves off the shrub. What you have left of the imposing plant looks best like an oversized pineapple. So this leftover stump contains the nectar needed to make agave syrup.

Heating up

  1. To make syrup, it is necessary to heat it slightly and then run it through a filter. The stump, which is also called pina, contains carbohydrates and when they are heated, they are converted into sugars by a chemical reaction. However, this is not the only way to obtain the syrup.

Enzymes

  1. You can also add enzymes to the nectar that have the same effect, but this method is less used than heating.

Is agave syrup healthy?

  1. Advantages One of the benefits of agave syrup is that it is a source of unrefined sugars. These are sometimes referred to as 'healthy sugars'. Agave syrup is 25% sweeter than regular granulated sugar that you buy in white cubes. You need less of it to get the same flavor.

Disadvantages

  1. The sugar in agave syrup is fructose. This is also known as grape sugar. This sugar is widely used by athletes and has long been considered healthy. However, people do not always realize that fructose is a burden on your liver, because this type of sugar is digested by your liver. When a lot of fructose is always sent to the liver, fat globules can form in the liver. In the long run, this looks the same as people who drink a lot of alcohol. People with irritable bowel syndrome cannot process fructose properly, so for this group of people it is advisable not to consume agave syrup in moderation.

Conclusion

  1. Agave syrup has the advantage of not causing blood sugar to rise so quickly. On the other hand, this substance is less healthy than thought because the load on the liver can cause this organ to become fatty, which in turn increases the risk of developing diabetes. So the advantages are outweighed by the disadvantages. Agave syrup appears to be healthier in the short term, but in the long term, the popular white sugar substitute isn't really healthier than sugar. When using it, don't use too much to avoid the drawbacks of fructose.

  2. Agave syrup has the advantage of not causing blood sugar to rise as quickly. On the other hand, this substance is less healthy than thought because the load on the liver can cause this organ to become fatty, which in turn increases the risk of developing diabetes. The advantages are thus outweighed by the disadvantages. Agave syrup appears to be healthier in the short term, but in the long term, the popular white sugar substitute isn't really healthier than sugar. When using it, don't overuse it to avoid the drawbacks of fructose.



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