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Side Effects of Using Agave Syrup

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Maura Shenker is a certified holistic nutritionist and health counselor who started her writing career in 2010. She leads group workshops, counsels individual clients and blogs about diet and lifestyle choices. She holds a Bachelor of Fine Arts from the Rhode Island School of Design, a Master of Fine Arts from The Ohio State University and is a graduate of the Institute for Integrative Nutrition.
Side Effects of Using Agave Syrup
Agave syrup has more calories than sugar. Photo Credit Siri Stafford/Stockbyte/Getty Images

Agave syrup is made from agave plants found in the American southwest, Mexico, and parts of South America. Agave syrup is low on the glycemic index, but contains more calories than sugar. It's sweeter than sugar, so you may consume less -- but it is 90 percent fructose, a simple sugar that may raise triglycerides and trigger abdominal pain, reports Joy Bauer from the Today show.

Increased Risk of Heart Disease

Agave syrup is mostly fructose -- a type of sugar easily metabolized into a form of fat known as triglycerides. Triglycerides raise cholesterol levels, blood pressure and increase your risk of heart disease, according to the American Heart Association.

Irritable Bowel Syndrome

Agave syrup may cause gas, bloating and abdominal pain, reports Joy Bauer of the Today Show. Ms. Bauer recommends using stevia, erythritol, Splenda, Equal or sugar instead of agave syrup if you suffer from IBS.

Allergies

People allergic to any member of the Agavaceae plant family should avoid using agave syrup. Skin rashes have been reported as an allergic reaction.

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