PHILADELPHIA (CBS) – Want to lose weight and be healthier? Then drink more tequila! Actually, hold that thought.
A new study suggests that the sugars in the plant used to make tequila may offer health benefits to people who are overweight or have diabetes.
According to an article in Time, researchers say the sugars may lower blood glucose levels for people with type 2 diabetes.
According to Mexican researchers, the type of natural sugar, agavins, are non-digestible and do not raise blood sugar.
In 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 authors of the study say, “This puts agavins in a tremendous position for their consumption by obese and diabetic people.”
The research was presented at the National Meeting of the American Chemical Society in Dallas.