So which one is the better option?
Natural sugar: what it means
Natural sugar goes way beyond traditional table sugar. There's sugar in the raw varieties, coconut sugar, agave nectar, honey, and the oft-demonized high-fructose corn syrup. Honey and molasses are often turned to instead of table sugar because of their natural properties, but they have the exact same glycemic index as sugar, according to gastroenterologist and obesity medicine specialist Dr. Nitin Kumar of the Bariatric Endoscopy Institute.
Agave nectar is sometimes lauded as a healthier alternative because it has a lower glycemic load -- which basically means it's supposed to jack up your blood sugar levels more slowly -- but it's still very refined and processed, according to Dr. Kumar. It also has a high fructose content, which means it has similar properties to high-fructose corn syrup; they both convert sugar into fat more easily than table sugar.