Tequila For Weight Loss: Get out your shot glasses because according to new research, drinking tequila can help you lose weight.
The research, presented at the National Meeting of the American Chemical Society in Dallas, Texas, found that the sugar agavin, found in the plant that makes tequila, could help lower blood glucose levels in people with type 2 diabetes and help obese people lose weight.
According to researchers, this is due to agaivn’s non-digestable nature. Unlike other sugars such as sucrose, fructose, and glucose, agavins aren’t absorbed by the body and thus cannot elevate blood sugar. Agavins are also a type of fiber and can help reduce appetite and make people feel fuller.
To conduct the study, researchers fed a group of mice a regular diet but added agavins to some of their daily water. They discovered that the mice who consumed agavins had lower blood glucose levels and ate less overall than those who didn’t. Although the study was conducted on rodents, researchers believe findings would be similar among humans.
“We have found that since agavins reduce glucose levels and increase GLP-1 [the hormone that stimulates the production of insulin], they also increase the amount of insulin,” said Mercedes G. López, Ph.D, who led the study.
Agavins essentially act as a dietary fiber and although they aren’t digestible by the human body, they don’t appear to bother it either. In fact, the sweetness associated with agavin enhances taste while the undigested sugar simply passes through the blood stream, unable to enter blood and cause “sugar rush” spikes or boost weight gain.
There are currently 26 million Americans suffering from diabetes, with another 2 million getting diagnosed annually, so this discovery is pretty ground breaking.
“This study represents the first attempt to evaluate agavins as sweeteners in spite of their lower sweetness compared to sugar,” López said.
“We believe that agavins have a great potential as light sweeteners since they are sugars, highly soluble, have a low glycemic index, and a neutral taste, but most important, they are not metabolized by humans. This puts agavins in a tremendous position for their consumption by obese and diabetic people.”