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Tue Jan 14 14:04:45 UTC 2014

Does agave nectar digest normally like sugar or does it go directly to your liver?
Asked By: bulldozer3504  

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I am type 2 diabetes but are no longer on meds. I feel much better and have lost 40 pounds through diet and exercise. I am very pleased with my results.
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2014-03-19 15:17:55.0

Dear bulldozer,

Congratulations on your weight loss and getting off your meds! You should be very pleased. You are correct about agave nectar, in that the type of sugar it contains is fructose, which is metabolized differently than other types of sugar. And yes, it is not absorbed in the gut like other sugars but broken down primarily by the liver. Agave nectar was first thought to be a healthier, low glycemic option for people with diabetes. But research findings suggest that excess fructose consumption can interfere with liver function and may increase belly fat, insulin resistance and even the risk of heart disease and diabetes.

Apparently, you can find less refined versions of agave syrup that contain a lower percentage of fructose but most are highly refined and contain up to 98 percent fructose.

Read more about fructose here: "Fructose: Friend or Foe?"

Answered By: Lynn Prowitt
Accreditations: Senior Editor, Food and Nutrition
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