Women friends having drinksThe plant that helps make tequila could be good for you [Getty]
On This Morning on Thursday, Phillip Schofield and Holly Willoughby told viewers that tequila is good for you.

While that information would have been music to the ears of their viewers, it isn’t entirely true.

Research presented at a meeting of the American Chemical Society suggests that the plant used to make tequila could be beneficial to the health of diabetics.

A sweetener created from the agave plant , which is used to make tequila, could lower blood glucose levels for people who have type 2 diabetes.

It could also help them and the obese lose weight, according to researchers.

The website ACS.org reports: “The main reason it could be valuable, they explained, is that 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. 

A field of Agave tequilana, commonly called blue agave (agave azul) or tequila agave, is an agave plant that is an important economic product of Jalisco, Mexico. In the background is the famous Tequila Volcano or Volcán de TequilaThe agave plant could help diabetics in the form of a sweetener [Getty]

“We have found that since agavins reduce glucose levels and increase GLP-1, they also increase the amount of insulin,” said Mercedes G. López, Ph.D.

“GLP-1 (glucagon-like peptide-1) is a hormone that slows the stomach from emptying, thereby stimulating production of insulin.”

Dr Lopez also noted that agavins can help people feel fuller, which could help them eat less.

Source: ok.co.uk