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The Truth about Agave
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Louise_WebMD_Staff posted:
I know agave is a common topic of conversation as an alternative sweetener choice for people with diabetes. Our new article- The Truth about Agave -has this information about Agave with relationship to diabetes (It is also generally an interesting article)


"One of the most celebrated properties of agave is its profile on the glycemic index, a scale that measures how much various foods raise blood sugar levels. Agave ranks lower than many other sweeteners on the glycemic index. As a result, some manufacturers tout it as a "diabetic friendly" sugar. But, according to Clemens, "there is inconsistent evidence to assign a glycemic value to any food, and it should not be used as a green light for diabetics."


In fact, the American Diabetes Association lists agave along with other sweeteners (table sugar, honey, brown sugar, molasses, fructose, maple sugar, and confectioner's sugar) that should be limited in diabetic diets."
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betaquartz responded:
My own research on Agave had lead me to believe that it was not a diabetic friendly sweetener. There really is not any sweetener that is health friendly. All are either processes sugars, or chemical substitutions that have very little history for long term use. Even sugar alcohols have carb grams and do cause diarrhea or headaches in some % of the population.
 
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rubystar2 replied to betaquartz's response:
Interesting. Xring brought up the topic of agave a while ago. Here's the link.


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davedsel57 replied to rubystar2's response:
Very interesting. Rachael Ray used it on her show today and claimed it has a low glycemic value and does not raise blood sugar. Perhaps she should have done more research before stating that on national television.


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