Thursday, March 20, 2014

Drink Tequila (It's Medicine)

Posted By on Thu, Mar 20, 2014 at 3:00 PM

Shot of tequila keeps the doctor away?
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  • Shot of tequila keeps the doctor away?

If I was at the national meeting of the American Chemical Society in Dallas and heard the presentation on the health benefits of sugars found in tequila, I'd want to know exactly how many shots I could get away with every day and does mezcal work wonders too (because I already know that it does)?

Unfortunately, it sounds like a study that's all about creating another sugar substitute that ends up next to the pink and yellow packets on the tables at my favorite breakfast joint. Ho-hum.

The recent Time magazine health post on tequila sugars mentions a shot, but specifics are needed, but for those who love tequila and have been telling people for years it's the only brew a liver appreciates:

A shot of tequila is not exactly part of a balanced diet, but sugars found within it could offer health benefits to the obese and diabetes sufferers

Sugars found in the plant that makes tequila could lower blood glucose levels for people with type 2 diabetes, and help obese people lose weight, researchers say.

A type of natural sugar called agavins come from the agave plant, which can be used to make tequila. These sugars (which are not the same as in the more commonly known agave syrup) are non-digestible and do not raise blood sugar, according to Mexican researchers.

In new research, the team of scientists fed mice a standard diet, and added agavins to some of their water. They discovered that the mice who consumed agavins ate less overall and had lower blood glucose levels. The effects were stronger than other artificial sweeteners like aspartame and agave syrup. The mice consuming agavins also produced a hormone called GLP-1 that keeps the stomach full longer and produces insulin, which is another reason it could be beneficial for people with diabetes and weight issues.

“This puts agavins in a tremendous position for their consumption by obese and diabetic people,” the study authors write. “We believe agavins have a great potential as a light sweetener.”

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