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Agave nectar vs Sugar - In-Depth Nutrition Comparison

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What are the differences between Agave nectar and Sugar?

  • Agave nectar is higher in Vitamin B2, yet Sugar is higher in Vitamin C, Vitamin K, Vitamin B6, Vitamin B1, Folate, and Vitamin E .
  • Agave nectar's daily need coverage for Vitamin C is 19% more.
  • Agave nectar has 9 times more Vitamin B2 than Sugar. While Agave nectar has 0.165mg of Vitamin B2, Sugar has only 0.019mg.
  • The amount of Sugar in Agave nectar is lower.

We used Sweetener, syrup, agave and Sugars, granulated types in this article.

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Mineral Comparison

Mineral comparison score is based on the number of minerals by which one or the other food is richer. The "coverage" chart below show how much of the daily needs can be covered by 300 grams of the food
Contains more Iron +80%
Contains more Magnesium +∞%
Contains more Phosphorus +∞%
Contains more Potassium +100%
Contains more Copper +28.6%
Contains less Sodium -75%
Equal in Calcium - 1
Equal in Zinc - 0.01
Calcium Iron Magnesium Phosphorus Potassium Sodium Zinc Copper 1% 4% 1% 1% 1% 1% 1% 3%
Calcium Iron Magnesium Phosphorus Potassium Sodium Zinc Copper 1% 2% 0% 0% 1% 1% 1% 3%
Contains more Iron +80%
Contains more Magnesium +∞%
Contains more Phosphorus +∞%
Contains more Potassium +100%
Contains more Copper +28.6%
Contains less Sodium -75%
Equal in Calcium - 1
Equal in Zinc - 0.01

Vitamin Comparison

Vitamin comparison score is based on the number of vitamins by which one or the other food is richer. The "coverage" chart below show how much of the daily needs can be covered by 300 grams of the food
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Sugar
Contains more Vitamin A +∞%
Contains more Vitamin E +∞%
Contains more Vitamin C +∞%
Contains more Vitamin B1 +∞%
Contains more Vitamin B2 +768.4%
Contains more Vitamin B3 +∞%
Contains more Vitamin B6 +∞%
Contains more Folate +∞%
Contains more Vitamin K +∞%
Vitamin A Vitamin E Vitamin D Vitamin C Vitamin B1 Vitamin B2 Vitamin B3 Vitamin B5 Vitamin B6 Folate Vitamin B12 Vitamin K 10% 20% 0% 57% 31% 39% 13% 0% 54% 23% 0% 57%
Vitamin A Vitamin E Vitamin D Vitamin C Vitamin B1 Vitamin B2 Vitamin B3 Vitamin B5 Vitamin B6 Folate Vitamin B12 Vitamin K 0% 0% 0% 0% 0% 5% 0% 0% 0% 0% 0% 0%
Contains more Vitamin A +∞%
Contains more Vitamin E +∞%
Contains more Vitamin C +∞%
Contains more Vitamin B1 +∞%
Contains more Vitamin B2 +768.4%
Contains more Vitamin B3 +∞%
Contains more Vitamin B6 +∞%
Contains more Folate +∞%
Contains more Vitamin K +∞%

Comparison summary table

Pay attention to the most right column. It shows the amounts side by side, making it easier to realize the amount of difference.
Agave nectar Sugar
Lower in Sodium ok
Lower in price ok
Lower in Sugar ok
Lower in glycemic index ok
Rich in minerals ok
Rich in vitamins ok
Lower in Cholesterol Equal
Lower in Saturated Fat Equal

All nutrients comparison - raw data values

Nutrient Agave nectar Sugar Opinion
Net carbs 76.17g 99.98g Sugar
Protein 0.09g 0g Agave nectar
Fats 0.45g 0g Agave nectar
Carbs 76.37g 99.98g Sugar
Calories 310kcal 387kcal Sugar
Starch g g
Fructose 55.6g 0g Agave nectar
Sugar 68.03g 99.8g Agave nectar
Fiber 0.2g 0g Agave nectar
Calcium 1mg 1mg
Iron 0.09mg 0.05mg Agave nectar
Magnesium 1mg 0mg Agave nectar
Phosphorus 1mg 0mg Agave nectar
Potassium 4mg 2mg Agave nectar
Sodium 4mg 1mg Sugar
Zinc 0.01mg 0.01mg
Copper 0.009mg 0.007mg Agave nectar
Vitamin A 156IU 0IU Agave nectar
Vitamin E 0.98mg 0mg Agave nectar
Vitamin D 0IU 0IU
Vitamin D 0µg 0µg
Vitamin C 17mg 0mg Agave nectar
Vitamin B1 0.122mg 0mg Agave nectar
Vitamin B2 0.165mg 0.019mg Agave nectar
Vitamin B3 0.689mg 0mg Agave nectar
Vitamin B5 mg 0mg Sugar
Vitamin B6 0.234mg 0mg Agave nectar
Folate 30µg 0µg Agave nectar
Vitamin B12 0µg 0µg
Vitamin K 22.5µg 0µg Agave nectar
Tryptophan mg mg
Threonine mg mg
Isoleucine mg mg
Leucine mg mg
Lysine mg mg
Methionine mg mg
Phenylalanine mg mg
Valine mg mg
Histidine mg mg
Cholesterol 0mg 0mg
Trans Fat g g
Saturated Fat 0g 0g
Monounsaturated Fat 0g 0g
Polyunsaturated fat 0g 0g

Which food is preferable for your diet?

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ok
is better in case of low diet
Agave nectar Sugar
Low Fats diet ok
Low Carbs diet ok
Low Calories diet ok
Low glycemic index diet ok

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Vitamin and Mineral Summary Scores

The summary score is calculated by summing up the daily values contained in 300 grams of the product. Obviously the more the food fulfills human daily needs, the more the summary score is.
Vitamin Summary Score
25
Agave nectar
0
Sugar
Mineral Summary Score
1
Agave nectar
1
Sugar

Macronutrients Comparison

Macronutrient comparison charts compare the amount of protein, total fats, and total carbohydrates in 300 grams of the food. The displayed values show how much of the daily needs can be covered by 300 grams of food.
Protein
1%
Agave nectar
0%
Sugar
Carbohydrates
76%
Agave nectar
100%
Sugar
Fats
2%
Agave nectar
0%
Sugar

Comparison summary

Which food contains less Sodium?
Sugar
Sugar contains less Sodium (difference - 3mg)
Which food is cheaper?
Sugar
Sugar is cheaper (difference - $1.9)
Which food is lower in Sugar?
Agave nectar
Agave nectar is lower in Sugar (difference - 31.77g)
Which food is lower in glycemic index?
Agave nectar
Agave nectar is lower in glycemic index (difference - 52)
Which food is richer in minerals?
Agave nectar
Agave nectar is relatively richer in minerals
Which food is richer in vitamins?
Agave nectar
Agave nectar is relatively richer in vitamins
Which food contains less Cholesterol?
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The foods are relatively equal in Cholesterol (0 mg)
Which food contains less Saturated Fat?
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The foods are relatively equal in Saturated Fat (0 g)

References

The source of all the nutrient values on the page (excluding the main article the sources for which are presented separately if present) is the USDA's FoodCentral. The exact links to the foods presented on this page can be found below.

  1. Agave nectar - https://fdc.nal.usda.gov/fdc-app.html#/food-details/170277/nutrients
  2. Sugar - https://fdc.nal.usda.gov/fdc-app.html#/food-details/169655/nutrients

All the Daily Values are presented for males aged 31-50, for 2000 calorie diets.

Data provided by FoodStruct.com should be considered and used as information only. Please consult your physician before beginning any diet.