Tequila ingredient could lower blood sugar for diabetics
While doctors have recommended in the past that a glass of wine a day is good for the heart, could a shot of tequila a day keep the doctor away?
While doctors have recommended in the past that a glass of wine a day is good for the heart, could a shot of tequila a day keep the doctor away? Recent studies are now suggesting that an ingredient found in the tequila plant may help lower blood sugar and weight, something that could prove noteworthy for the nearly 26 million Americans living with diabetes.
In a report presented during the 247th National Meeting of the American Chemical Society, Dr. Mercedes G. López of the Center for Research and Advanced Studies in Guanajuato, Mexico, demonstrated her team's analysis of agavins, a natural form of sugar found in the agave plant which is essential in the production of tequila. Since agavins can act as a dietary fiber and are non-digestible, they cannot raise blood glucose levels, which is a common factor for developing diabetes.
López and her colleagues gathered a group of mice and fed them an average diet while mixing in agavins into their drinking water. After weighing the mice daily and examining their glucose blood levels weekly, the researchers found that most of the mice who drank the agavins ate less food, lost weight and significantly dropped their glucose levels when compared to other sweeteners such as fructose, sucrose and agave syrup.
López discussed the fact that agavins also elevate GLP-1, or glucagon-like peptide-1, which is a hormone that relaxes the body from emptying, while triggering more production of insulin.
"We have found that since agavins reduce glucose levels and increase GLP-1, they also increase the amount of insulin," Lopez said at a convention center in Dallas. "Agavins are not expensive and they have no known side effects, except for those few people who cannot tolerate them. This study represents the first attempt to evaluate agavins as sweeteners in spite of their lower sweetness compared to sugar."
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