When Outliers heard the news about new research into tequila and cocoa, it sparked thoughts of prescriptions for a chocolate margarita. It seems research into substances linked to these items is shedding light on some promising health benefits. But, alas, tequila shots and chocolate bars aren't likely to be recommended by your doctor anytime soon.
According to a study presented recently at an American Chemical Society meeting, a sweetener created from the plant used to make tequila could lower blood glucose levels and have other benefits. The agave plant contains a natural form of sugar called agavins, which researchers say showed much benefit in an animal study.
Investigators fed mice their normal diet, but added agavins to their water supply. Over time, the mice that drank the agavins ate less, lost weight and had lower blood sugar levels, when compared to the control-group mice, which drank sweeteners such as glucose, fructose, sucrose and aspartame.