There are ups and downs in life – sometimes they come neatly packaged together. If you had to cite particular examples of the latter, you’d probably think of how the foods that taste the best appear to make you fatter.
It’s awful. You want to look half decent in those snaps on the beach come summertime, but you also want to stuff your face with greasy chicken, pizza and ice cream.
We’re also force-fed bollocks that the likes of greasy chicken is actually ‘bad food’, whereas salads, kale, avocado and other green things are called ‘good food’. Why does it taste so shit in comparison, then? Shite food, if you ask me.
It doesn’t help either that all the best alcoholic drinks seem to be full of calories, which effectively means every Saturday night you’re drinking the equivalent of four KFCs, only to actually eat another KFC when you’re hungover the next day.
If that’s the sort of thing you worry about, then here’s a tip: drink tequila.
Mario Lopez from Saved by the Bell bloody loves tequila. Credit: PA
According to a study, a key ingredient to the spirit can help with weight loss and controlling blood sugars for diabetics. And you have lemon or lime with it – according to my calculations, that makes it part of your five-a-day.
The Mexican delicacy is made with the agave plant, which contains sugars called agavins – these contribute to lowering levels of blood sugar, as the Daily Mail reports.
Researchers who presented these findings at the American Chemical Society in Dallas say that the plant could be used to create a sweetener to aid diabetics, as well as assisting with weight loss, but are they not missing the trick here? Make tequila a prescription medicine and let’s all have a knees-up.
“We believe that agavins have a great potential as light sweeteners since they are sugars, highly soluble, have a low glycemic index, and a neutral taste, but most important, they are not metabolized by humans,” said Dr Mercedes G. López, who carried out the research.
“This puts agavins in a tremendous position for their consumption by obese and diabetic people.”
This means, despite my enthusiasm in combining dieting and the sesh, that the 3.5 million Brits and 28 million Americans who suffer from type 2 diabetes could greatly benefit.
To find the results, researchers monitored mice as they fed them different diets. A group of mice had agavins added to their water, which saw them lose weight as their blood sugar levels decreased – as opposed to the mice that were given glucose, fructose, sucrose, agave syrup and aspartame, according to the Mail.
“Agavins are not expensive and they have no known side effects, except for those few people who cannot tolerate them,” López said.
However, there are warnings to diabetics that drinking will have the same effects. Booooooooooo.
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