The sugar in agave could help with weight loss and the fight against diabetes, as claimed in a recent Mexican study. Agave is a famous cactus-like plant growing in Mexico and was already used by the Mayans and Aztecs.
It is the origin of the famous national drink, tequila. Note that in this drink, this sugar with a medicinal effect is transformed into alcohol, so it is useless to drink tequila to lose weight or against diabetes.
Sugars that don’t raise blood sugar
Agvins are natural sugars from agave with long chains of fructose from the fructan family. These sugars are not absorbed by the body, so they cannot raise sugar levels.
These substances act in particular as sweeteners and would limit the absorption of sugar in the blood (glycemia), as affirmed by Mexican researchers from the Centro de Investigación y de Estudios Avanzados, Biotechnology and Biochemistry Irapuato in Guanajuato, Mexico.
The study was conducted on mice. The researchers observed that their glucose levels decreased and that they lost weight after consuming these sugars.
The agavins also increase the level of GLP-1 peptide (glucagon-lile peptide 1), which promotes the production of insulin and thus helps stabilize blood sugar levels. The agavins belong to the family of dietary fibers and also help to limit appetite.
Agave syrup to fight obesity and type 2 diabetes
Agave in the form of syrup can therefore be used as a sweetener in people suffering from overweight and type 2 diabetes. Agave also has the advantage of having a low glycemic index.
The only weak point of agave syrup lies in the fact that the agavins would not have as much sweetening power as sucrose, fructose or glucose.