Is Tequila Good For Diabetes
Can I Drink Tequila If I Have Diabetes?
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Hello, I’m Ty Mason from TheDiabetesCouncil.com, researcher, writer and I have type 2 diabetes. Today I’m going to answer the question, is tequila good for diabetes. But before we get into that, make sure you download my free diabetes management book which also includes a diabetes grocery shopping guide (foods to eat and avoid) by clicking the link: http://bit.ly/2g0NDAH
I know some of you are just wanting me to skip all the research stuff and get straight the answer of this question. But be patient, you need to understand why I am giving you the answer to this question.
And let me say at the onset, before getting this question, all I really new about tequila was that is a hard alcoholic beverage and the name of a pretty cool song by The Champs
Recently, a few articles popped up in newspapers and magazines stating that researchers have found that tequila helps lower blood glucose. They were pointing to a study by Dr. Mercedes G. López, a researcher at the Centro de Investigación y de Estudios Avanzados in Guanajuato, Mexico.
The 2014 study discussed the effect of a natural sweetener from guava plant to aid in weight loss and reduce blood glucose levels.
Known as agavins, the plant-based sweeteners slow the stomach from emptying, boosting insulin production. They’re also non-digestible, which means they act as a dietary fiber but can’t elevate a person’s blood sugar.
“We have found that since agavins reduce glucose levels and increase GLP-1, they also increase the amount of insulin,” said 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.”
So why did I spend this time talking about the guava plant. Well, some of you probably know this, but tequila is made from the guava plant. The assumption that many made were that since agavins are so good for those with diabetes and tequila is made from the same plant, then tequila must be good for diabetes.
Hold on though. López went on to explain that agavins are the only carbohydrates used to produce tequila. All ethanol in tequila comes from the fermentation of glucose and fructose generated after agave pines are cooked. But because the agavins are converted to ethanol, agavins are not found in the finished product.
So tequila has none of the product found to lower blood glucose level or stimulate weight loss.
So, is tequila good for diabetes? The answer is no. In fact, because the body treats alcohol like a drug, the liver spends so much of its time trying to break it down, it does a very poor job in helping to regulate low blood glucose. I am not saying those with diabetes can’t drink tequila or any other alcohol, I am just saying if you have read claims that tequila helps lower your blood sugar, those claims are absolutely false.
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