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Agave Sugar May Be Answer To A Type 2 Diabetic’s Prayer

March 16, 2014: 12:00 AM EST
Mexican researchers have determined that a natural form of sugar found in the agave plant – used to distill tequila –  may help people with type 2 diabetes lose weight because, though sweet-tasting, they not digestible and therefore act as a dietary fiber that reduces blood glucose levels. Agavins also increase levels of a hormone that stimulates production of insulin. Agavins are not expensive, have no known side effects, and help support the growth of healthful microbes in the mouth and intestines. Agavins should not be confused with agave nectar or agave syrup (found in health food stores) that contain fructans sugars similar to high fructose corn syrup.
Mercedes G. López et al., "Tequila plant possible sweetener for diabetics, helps reduce blood sugar, weight.", News release, presentation at the American Chemical Society annual meeting., March 16, 2014, © López et al.
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