Is Agave the Perfect Alternative Sweetener for Diabetics?

Staff Writer
Is Agave the Perfect Alternative Sweetener for Diabetics?

Photo Sasabune Omakase Modified: Flickr/erin/CC 4.0

That's no cactus. The agave plant, where many people get their tequila and agave syrup from, may also be the secret to a healthier diabetic.

Normally, putting tequila in your morning coffee would be frowned upon as a socially-unacceptable habit. The American Chemical Society; however, has announced that a Mexican research group has found that natural sweeteners found in agave, one of tequila’s main ingredients, may actually be a healthy and safe alternative for diabetics and people trying to lose weight.

Usage of the plant is reported to possibly lower the blood glucose level of 26 million Americans affected by diabetes.

How is this possible?

According to Mercedes G. López, a researcher at Centro de Investigación y de Estudios Avanzados, Biotechnology and Biochemistry in Irapuato, Guanajuato, Mexico, agavins found in the agave plant are actually non-digestible and act as dietary fiber without raising glucose levels or causing side effects like artificial sweeteners are known to.

Check Out The Daily Meal's story on What Diabetics Should Eat For Dinner

“We have found that since agavins reduce glucose levels and increase GLP-1, they also increase the amount of insulin,” said Dr. Mercedes G. Lopez in a statement. “They are not expensive and have no known side effects.”

Joanna Fantozzi is an Associate Editor with The Daily Meal. Follow her on Twitter @JoannaFantozzi.

Related Links
Add Sweetness to Summer Recipes with AgaveThe Not-So-Natural Truth About Agave Nectar Agave Soda Company Set to Expand