It’s the start of the new month, you’ve finally decided to go on that diet you’ve been thinking about for ages. It’s going to be a healthy month, you tell yourself. Then comes Friday night and your best friend calls you to hang out with a few friends to grab ‘a drink’. One drink turns to two and then next thing you hear is the sound of your new diet going down the drain.
Sound familiar? We’ve all been there before. But what is we told you that according to a latest study, not only can you drink on your diet, but it actually might help your diet?
Scientists at the American Chemical Society have been researching the effects of tequila on blood glucose levels for the past year. The found that sugars found in the plant that makes tequila can help lower your blood sugar. The sugars that naturally occurs in the agave plant are called agavins—not to be confused with agave syrup—and are non-digestible, so they won’t raise your blood sugar.
During the study, researchers found that mice who’d been given a standard diet, and then drank water with agavins added, ended up eating less overall and had lower blood sugar levels than the others who hadn’t consumed agavins. What’s more, the mice consuming agavins also produced a hormone called GLP-1, which keeps the stomach full longer and produces insulin, leading researchers to believe that agavins could be beneficial for people with type 2 diabetes or struggling with weight-loss issues.
Okay, this does not mean you get to party all night with a bottle of tequila but it does sound better than all that pounds that you thought you could potentially rack up, doesn’t it?