Finally. Proof that drinking tequila is a smart move.
Agavins are a sweetener created from the tequila plant that can lower blood glucose levels in people with type 2 diabetes and help you maintain a healthy weight.
“Agavins are not expensive, and they have no known side effects, except for those few people who cannot tolerate them,” said Dr. Mercedes G. López.
According to research presented at a meeting of the American Chemical Society, non-digestible agavins act as dietary fibre that can help you feel fuller, meaning you might eat less.
In the study, the research team fed mice a standard diet that included agavins in their daily water. Most of the mice that drank agavins ate less, lost weight and their blood glucose levels decreased when compared to other sweeteners such glucose, fructose, sucrose, agave syrup, and aspartame.
Researchers noted that agavins are better than artificial sweeteners, which are absorbed by the body and can cause side effects like headaches. And while agavins and agave syrup are from the same plant, agave syrup has more fructose than high-fructose corn syrup.
The only bad news? Agavins aren’t on the market right now, so you’ll have to bide your time.
A quick margarita while we’re waiting?