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A study from the American Chemical Society discovered that the agave plant (the plant which produces tequila) contains sugars which could lower blood sugar levels. People that are managing obesity lose weight.
According to the research, “Agavins, a natural sugar from the agave plant, so are non-digestible and can work as a dietary fiber so that they wouldn’t increase blood sugar.” (Notice: Agavins should not be mistaken with agave syrup, which is pretty much like unhealthy high-fructose corn syrup.)
Researchers gave a standard diet to a group of mices but added agavins to their water. After assessing their sugar blood levels each week and weighing the mice, researchers found that mice who drank agavins ate less, lost weight and had a drop in blood sugar levels.
But that’s not all.
“We have found that since agavins reduce glucose levels and boost GLP-1 (a hormone that slows the gut from draining), they also raise the amount of insulin,” said researcher Mercedes G. López, Ph.D.
A finding that “places agavins at a tremendous position for their ingestion by diabetic and obese men and women,” noted the study.
While pounding tequila shots is still probably not the best idea if you took an additional shot you won’t have to feel as guilty as you were before.