We have removed all agave from the recipes here on Nutti Milk due to the growing controvercy concerning the high fructose content of this product that is similar to High Fructose corn syrup.
The agave plant is native to Mexico, the South and West United States and parts of South America. Agave nectar is derived from the sap of the agave stalk.
Fun Fact: Tequila is made from the sap collected from the flower shoot of an agave plant.
Agave nectar consists primarily of fructose and glucose.
One source gives 92% fructose and 8% glucose; another gives 56% fructose and 20% glucose. These differences probably reflect variation from one vendor of agave nectar to another.
The impact of agave nectar on blood sugar (as measured by its glycemic index and glycemic load) is comparable to fructose, which has a much lower glycemic index and glycemic load than table sugar (sucrose). However, consumption of large amounts of fructose can be harmful and can trigger fructose malabsorption, metabolic syndrome, hypertriglyceridemia, decreased glucose tolerance, hyperinsulinemia, and accelerated uric acid formation.