At the recent Dallas, Texas bullfight of the American Chemical Society, swanky matadora Mercedes G. Lopez trotted-out her newest masterpiece:
A naturally-derived sweetener that doesn’t raise blood-sugar. (sounds oxymoronic just like “powdered-alcohol”, right?)
Somehow this odd cousin of Tequila-granddaddy, Agave Syrup is able to sweeten foods without the effects that eventually make you fat.
What devilry is this, You say? -Really-really
good-looking long-chain fructose strings called, “Fructans” that are allegedly indigestible, but still taste sweet in your Powdered-Alcohol mojito.
Sounds crazy, especially since Mercedes’ research implies Agavin-sweeteners don’t have the same problems as fructose-based products.
-And The Issue There was that they’d been previously thought a panacea for Diabetics because they didn’t raise blood-Glucose.
BUT what ended up happening is they DID raise Triglycerides, or fat-in-the-blood.
-So you’re just screwed a Different way, but the result is the same: No Free Lunch.
Well with the added potential-benefit that this sweetener also Raises Insulin and May Improve Gut-Flora, agavins could even provide a One-
TwoThree-Punch, specifically for Diabetics.
-The $64,000 questions remain though: “How much do they raise insulin?”, “Do they also raise triglycerides?”, and to-a-lesser-extent “Do we still get the same blowback-effects on appetite & weightloss of most artificial sweeteners [Ie: They screw up your satiety, appetite and ultimately undermine weight-loss]?”
Here’s to hoping we all get another tasty and effective weapon in the battle for weight-loss, especially for one or even two segments of the population that could Really use it!
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Publicity photo of “The Most Interesting Man In The World”, by Dos Equis
• Source: ACS-Tequila plant is possible sweetener for diabetics
• via: Geekosystem
• More Coverage: Gizmodo | MDConnects | Wikipedia-Fructose Metabolism