Hard alcohol lovers have something to be happy about. According to new research, tequila can help people reduce their waist line. Aside from that, it is also effective in lowering your blood sugar, which makes it a great drink for people with type 2 diabetes and those who are overweight or obese.
The Tequila Secret
American Chemical Society published a 2014 study, which showed the powers of tequila when it comes to people who are on a diet. The secret is in the sugars of the plant in which the drink is derived from. The sugars themselves can lower the levels of glucose in the blood, a huge benefit for those who have type 2 diabetes. Meanwhile, for people who want to lose weight, the sugars are also beneficial for them because they are effective in shedding the extra pounds.
The researchers from ACS further explained that the sugars, which are known as agavins, can be found from the agave plant, so they are natural and generally safe for everyone. Agavins cannot be digested by the body, which means they can be compared to dietary fiber. When you consume something that is non-digestible by your stomach, it will stay there for a long time, keeping you full over an extended period. Because the sugars are not digested, your blood glucose stays the same or at least remains at a manageable level.
Great News for Diabetics
Agavins not only reduce or maintain your glucose to a healthy level, but also increase your glucagon-like peptide-1 (GLP-1), which is useful for people with diabetes. In fact, there are many treatments that are GLP-1-based because they work well with many diabetics, so that their stomach emptying is delayed and their insulin sensitivity is increased.
According to one of the researchers, Mercedes G. Lopez, agavins can increase people’s insulin levels. You can drink tequila and experience a rise in insulin without the need to pay for expensive medications that have the same effect. Agavins also don’t have negative side effects as far as the present studies are concerned – unless you are allergic to them.
Note that agave syrup and agavins are not the same even though they both come from the same plant more or less. The former has components that are similar to high-fructose corn syrup, which can pose threats to your health, while agavins are nature-produced sugars. Although tequila can have wonderful benefits for diabetics and obese people, this does not mean you should down a bottle or more every day. Also, you won’t start burning fat as soon as you drink it.