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Posted in Science on 3rd Jun, 2014 12:12 AM by AlexMuller

A sweetener created from the plant used to make tequila could lower blood glucose levels people who have type 2 diabetes and help the obese lose weight. The main reason it could be valuable, they explained, is that agavins, a natural form of sugar found in the agave plant, are non-digestible and can act as a dietary fiber, so they would not raise blood glucose. 

 
The meeting, attended by thousands of scientists, features more than 10,000 reports on new advances in science and other topics. Being held at the Dallas Convention Center and area hotels, it continues through Thursday. “We have found that since agavins reduce glucose levels and increase GLP-1, they also increase the amount of insulin,” said Mercedes G. López, Ph.D. GLP-1 (glucagon-like peptide-1) is a hormone that slows the stomach from emptying, thereby stimulating production of insulin.
 
She added, “Agavins are not expensive and they have no known side effects, except for those few people who cannot tolerate them.” In addition, agavins, like other fructans, which are made of the sugar fructose, are the best sugars to help support growth of healthful microbes in the mouth and intestines, she said. López, who is with Centro de Investigación y de Estudios Avanzados, Biotechnology and Biochemistry Irapuato, Guanajuato, Mexico, also noted that agavins can help people feel fuller, which could help them eat less.

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Author: Guest
Posted: 2014-06-03
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I think that the observation that a natural compound could have valuable benefits in regulating blood sugar is very encouraging and if used reasonable could help problems and preventions with regard to obesity and diabetes Reply
Author: Guest
Posted: 2014-06-03
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It was interesting to find out that agavins are fructans, which are fructoses linked together in long, branched chains. The human body can’t use them in that configuration, so they don’t affect blood sugar. Great.
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Author: Guest
Posted: 2014-06-03
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Yes, and they found that mice that drank agavins ate less, lost weight and their blood glucose levels decreased when compared to other sweeteners such glucose, fructose, sucrose, agave syrup and aspartame. Reply
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