Is the Tequila Plant the Secret to Diabetes Management, Weight Loss?
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Research presented at the National Meeting of the American Chemical Society (ACS) shows that sweeteners called agavins (derived from the agave plant) can lower blood sugar and aid in weight loss in mice, a promising outlook for those with type 2 diabetes and obesity. Agavins do not elevate blood sugar because they are not absorbed by the body, and since they are a type of fiber, they may make a person feel fuller. Agavins can also increase levels of glucagon-like peptide-1 (GLP-1) which boosts insulin production. In this study, researcher Mercedes G. López, PhD, of the Centro de Investigación y de Estudios Avanzados, Biotechnology and Biochemistry Irapuato, Guanajuato, Mexico gave mice a standard diet supplemented with water containing either glucose, sucrose, fructose, agave syrup, aspartame, or agavins. Most of the agavin-supplemented mice had lower blood glucose levels, ate less, and lost weight compared to mice receiving the other waters. Additional research is needed to test the effectiveness and safety of agavins on humans.
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