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I came across this article, Tequila sugars might help fight obesity and diabetes. It opened a new world for me and I’m sure it will also open a new world for you… at least if you’re a fan of Tequila.
Apparently, the natural sugars in tequila plants from which the alcoholic drink Tequila is made, called Agavins, have a suppressing effect on your appetite. The Agavins kick-starts the production and release of GLP-1 hormone in the brain that cascades a whole bunch of effects:
- it makes the pancreatic Beta cells release more insulin, so more glucose is taken up from the blood stream (so the negative effects from too much glucose in the blood for to long, resulting in diabetes among others, are decreased)
- it increases production of Beta cells, resulting in more insulin releasing capacity
- it increases the ISG (remember, Insulin Secretory Granules that contain insulin) post-translational processing, because more ISGs is more available insulin to be released
- it decreases food intake by increasing satiety (opposite of feeling hungry) in the brain
- most importantly maybe is that the hormone reduces the release of stomach acids and gastric emptying of the stomach resulting in the earlier full feeling after eating
All these effects make you feel full quicker, less hungry and increases the uptake of glucose from your blood faster.
This could be an interesting preventive solution for obese people as they feel satisfied earlier.
Also for diabetics or pre-diabetics this can prevent the development of the side-effects of the disease like heart conditions, kidney problems, blindness, etc. or it could prevent diabetes all together by reducing the amount of glucose in the blood which can be damaging after residing in the blood stream for too long.
I’m not saying we should all start drinking a Tequila shot per day but I think this natural sugar has the potential to become the world’s healthiest sweetener as the annual increase of obese people and diabetics doesn’t look promising.
To good health, cheers!!