A recent study conducted by the American Chemical Society (ACS) reveals that the sugars found in the plant that makes tequila could help lower blood glucose levels for people with type 2 diabetes. Researchers believe that this could help obese people lose weight.
Agavins is a natural form of sugar that is found in the agave plant. It is non-digestible and according to the study it can act as a dietary fibre and, as a result, will not raise blood glucose. It is necessary to differentiate it from the commonly known agave syrup, which is actually quite similar to a dangerous high-fructose corn syrup.
Dr. Mercedes G. López, Ph.D. and one of the researchers on the study said, “We have found that since agavins reduce glucose levels and increase GLP-1, they also increase the amount of insulin.” GLP-1 is a hormone that slows the stomach from emptying and stimulates the production of insulin.
Lopez further added, “Agavins are not expensive and they have no known side effects, except for those few people who cannot tolerate them.” This means that people feel full and, as a result, would eat less.
To prove this, the scientists fed mice a standard diet and added agavins to the water. The study revealed that the mice who consumed agavins ate less and had lower blood glucose levels. The effects were stronger than other artificial sweeteners and the mice consuming agavins also produced the GLP-1 hormone.
So, you know the saying, when life gives you lemons, ask for tequila! A shot or two once in a while is not something you have to feel guilty about! Cheers to that!
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