A new study has found a link between tequila and weight loss, so here is some great news for the hard alcohol lovers. Despite that, it is also effective in lowering your blood sugar, which makes it a great drink for people with type 2 diabetes and those who are overweight or obese.
The Tequila Secret
A study by the American Chemical Society which was published in 2014 found that the sugar in tequila has the ability to lower blood glucose levels. We know it sounds crazy, but here’s the science behind it: Agavins, a natural form of sugar that’s found in the agave plant, is non-digestible. Because of this, it can act as a dietary fiber, and it won’t raise blood glucose. This is especially good news for those with type 2 diabetes, research says.
The researchers from ACS further explained that the sugars, which are known as agavins, can be found from the agave plant, so they are natural and generally safe for everyone. Agavins cannot be digested by the body, which means they can be compared to dietary fiber. When you consume something that is non-digestible by your stomach, it will stay there for a long time, keeping you full over an extended period. Because the sugars are not digested, your blood glucose stays the same or at least remains at a manageable level.
Great News for Diabetics
It was found that since agavins reduce glucose levels and increase glucagon-like peptide-1 (GLP-1), they also increase the amount of insulin, which is useful for people with diabetes. In fact, there are many treatments that are GLP-1-based because they work well with many diabetics, so that their stomach emptying is delayed and their insulin sensitivity is increased.
As one of the researchers, Mercedes G. Lopez, said that agavins are not expensive, can increase the amount of insulin and they have no known side effects, unless you are allergic to them.
You should know that agave syrup and agavins are not the same even though they both come from the same plant more or less. The former has components that are similar to high-fructose corn syrup, which can pose threats to your health, while agavins are nature-produced sugars. Although tequila can have wonderful benefits for diabetics and obese people, this does not mean you should down a bottle or more every day. Also, you won’t start burning fat as soon as you drink it.
There you have it. When it comes to weight loss, agave is the right one