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Can a natural sugar found in Tequila help fight obesity and diabetes?

Can a shot of tequila and a wedge of lime help you lose weight?
Can a shot of tequila and a wedge of lime help you lose weight?
Mark Rubi

Good news. Drinks all around. But if you are trying to fight off extra pounds or even obesity, or if you are at risk for diabetes, make sure that the drink you choose is tequila. But make sure that it is not just any old tequila, but a tequila that is made with 100% agave. That way, you will get the greatest amount of agavin, the natural sugar from agave that may help fight obesity and diabetes.

Researchers of agavin recently reported at the 247th meeting of the National Chemical Society. Their findings were reported in the scientific journal Phys.Org. Articles about the study can also be found in PolicyMic and Forbes.

What makes agavins different from other sugars is that they are not digestible and can also act as a fiber in the diet. The net result of these two features is that agavins do not raise blood sugar levels. In fact, agavins LOWER blood glucose levels while also helping the body release more insulin and the hormone GLP-1 (Glucagon Like Peptide - 1).

The researches pointed out that there is a big difference between agavins (which are a type of fructan) than most other forms of fructose. Unlike the fructose sugars found in high fructose corn syrup or agave syrup, agavins are molecularly bound together in long branched chains that are not usable during digestion.

The future looks promising for using agavins as a healthier sweetener, but researchers point out that the initial studies were done on mice and not humans. More studies will need to be done before agavins become a marketable sweetener.

For those in a hurry to celebrate the news that this study offers with a cocktail, stick with a shot instead of your typical mixed drink. Most margarita mixes are chock full of nasty things for your waistline, and a great deal of them use high fructose corn syrup, which has been tied to a number of bad things including being a preferred food source for cancer.