Tequila Sugars Might Actually Be Good for You: Study

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Lime prices got your love for tequila on the low? Well, maybe this will encourage you to imbibe a little bit more of American's first agave liquor: According to researchers in Mexico, agavins, a sweetener that can be derived from the stem of the agave plant, helps reduce weight and control blood sugar.

That's the result coming out of a study conducted by Mercedes López of the Centro de Investigacion y de Estudios Avanzados, Biotechnology and Biochemistry Irapuato, in Guanajuato, Mexico. She presented the results at the annual American Chemical Society meeting in Dallas, which started on Sunday and ends today. Mice who were fed a diet that contained agavins gained less weight and had more control over blood sugar than mice who had diets that included sugar or artificial sweeteners.

"[The agavin mice] were, most of the time, not different from the control," López told MedPage Today.

Don't get too excited yet though. Mice studies are very-early stage studies, and there aren't any agavins in tequila or mezcal (or agave syrup for that matter), but given some time, agavins may become an alternate sweetener.

"We believe agavins have a great potential as a light sweetener," López wrote in the study abstract. "They are sugars, highly soluble, with a low glycemic index and a neutral taste."

More importantly, they're indigestible, basically acting like dietary fiber.

Man, if there's a future where I can have my cake, and crap it too.. well, sign me up.

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Carol Daniels
Carol Daniels

I've need a part of that study. Works for me :-D

vegandawg23 topcommenter

Cool article. I've been having problems with my weight recently. On my monthly educational visits to Tijuana, I usually pick up a different bottle of tequila as a souvenir. Usually try to find some that aren't available here. May get some agave liqueurs from now on instead as they would contain more sugar.

RocketJ topcommenter

Not Tequila sugars, agave sugars, the linked article does not mention tequila. 

Due to this gross oversight I plan on conducting my own experiments with tequila. The best part is the key to good experimentation is the ability to reproduce results. So I must run the experiment over and over again!

Francisco Gr
Francisco Gr

Yup I actually can speak to speedy Gonzalez after a few " shots

April Manter
April Manter

That's why I'm so smart when I drink tequila

Jim Alvarez
Jim Alvarez

I've been eating Cactus Candy all my life and even at my age I still buy it the Mexican Market and sweet potato candy also.

MJ Patiño
MJ Patiño

non-processed carbohydrates do have metabolic benefits, alcohol is not good for liver or brain

Angelita Salas Head
Angelita Salas Head

We know that succulents are good for you (nopalitos anyone?!) and you know they are referring to the syrup derived from the plant, not just the tequila. It is very sweet and good!

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