Tequila Plant Could Help Fight Obesity and Diabetes

  • Doug Horn , Design & Trend Staff Writer
  • Mar, 20, 2014, 05:33 PM

People looking to celebrate the start of March Madness should perhaps set aside the beer for a drink that could help them lose weight: tequila.

The plant that is used to make tequila has been found to have natural sweeteners that could suppress appetites and lower blood glucose levels, according to KTAR.

"The researchers got a little bit excited because they said, 'Well, maybe there's something here that we should be using agavins as a sugar substitute,'" said Dr. Fabrizio Mancini.

The agave plant, which grows abundantly in Mexico, has natural sweeteners called agavins. When agavins are ingested, they are unable to be digested by the body, since they are treated like dietary fibers.

This doesn't mean people interested in losing weight should start knocking back shots of tequila as suggested above, however. Agavins are not found in the powerful spirit, as they are used to create alcohol during the fermentation process.

CBS News reported that for their research, "scientists fed mice a normal diet and added agavins to some of their drinking water. It was revealed that the mice who consumed the agavins ate less and had lower blood glucose levels.

Those mice also produced a hormone called GLP-1 that keeps the stomach full for a longer period and produces insulin."

The study authors stated, "This puts agavins in a tremendous position for their consumption by obese and diabetic people."

People should look at labels if they are curious, however, as raw agavins are quite different than the agave nectar or syrup that is sold in health stores.

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