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From: Jeff Novick, MS, RD, LD, LN (novick.vegsource.com)
Subject:         Re: agave nectar
Date: September 5, 2007 at 5:01 am PST

In Reply to: agave nectar posted by erin2 on September 4, 2007 at 9:47 pm:

Hi Erin

I don't think that "any" refined and/or concentrated sugar/sweetener is "healthy".

My opinion is that if you use "any" refined concentrated sweetener, regardless of whether it occurs naturally or not, it should be greatly limited. Over the years, many have been promoted as being "healthier" but to me, its all a matter of semantics and marketing.

And, once you keep it to such a limit, which one you choose will matter less. The one I would recommend people avoid at all is high fructose corn syrup as that has been show to raise triglycerides and increase the risk for heart disease. There is also some good information that when corn syrup is used it may not trigger "satiety" as well as other refined sweeteners on a per calorie basis.

My general recommendations is to keep the intake of any of these products to less than 5% of calories. At that level, there is little risk for any harm from any of them.

5% of calories equates to 1 TB for every 1000 calories you consume.

Hope that helps
In Health
Jeff

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