Alcohol is not recommended for anyone who wants to slim down due to its high calorie and fat content.
However, no matter how health-conscious you are, sometimes you like to have a drink or two, and the standard vodka-lime soda might be boring for you.
Tequila is made from the blue agave plant which contains agavins – naturally occurring sugars. This study is the first of its kind to study the effects of agavins. It may sound similar to the agave syrup, but they are different.
Agavins are non-digestible and act as dietary fiber. They have a low glycemic index and are highly soluble. That’s why they don’t cause blood sugar spikes.
According to Dr Mercedes G. López, they are inexpensive and without side effects, except for people with agave allergy.
In fact, she says they are one of the best sugars to support healthy mouth and intestinal microbes, such as fructans.
Researchers from the American Chemical Society fed a group of mice with a normal diet. They only added agavins to the water they drank. Researchers checked their blood sugar levels and body weight every week. And, the results were more than stunning.
Almost all mice ate less, shed pounds, and had reduced blood sugar levels in comparison with other sweeteners like fructose, glucose, aspartame, and agave syrup.
Also, they produced GLP-1 – a hormone which creates insulin and keeps your stomach full for longer. That’s why researchers believe agavins aid weight loss and type 2 diabetes management.
Even though the study shows agavins in tequila can help you lose weight and control blood sugar levels, no other study can support this. But, you shouldn’t get carried away about the findings.
The fact that drinking lots of alcohol with diabetes is dangerous remains. So, you shouldn’t drink bottles of this or any other alcohol.
What’s more, the fermentation process during the production of tequila converts the agavins into ethanol. So, this means that tequila doesn’t contain any agavins.
Still, it’s an exciting study that requires more research before giving the green light to hit the bar.