AN American Chemical Society study determined that the sugars found in the plant that makes tequila could lower blood glucose levels for people with type 2 diabetes and help people lose weight. According to the researchers, agavins, a natural form of sugar found in the agave plant, are non-digestible and can act as a dietary fiber, so they would not raise blood glucose. They are different from the commonly known agave syrup, which is actually very similar to high-fructose corn syrup. “We have found that since agavins reduce glucose levels and increase GLP-1, they also increase the amount of insulin,” said Mercedes G. López, PhD and one of the researchers. GLP-1 is a hormone that slows the stomach from emptying, and stimulates production of insulin. Pretty much what they do is help people feel fuller, which could lead them to eat less. To prove this, scientists fed mice a standard diet, and added agavins to some of their water. They discovered that the mice who consumed them ate less overall and had lower blood glucose levels. The effects were stronger than other artificial sweeteners like aspartame and agave syrup. The mice consuming agavins also produced the GLP-1 hormone.