For decades, we’ve all been told that sugar and sweeteners are no-nos if you’re trying to lose weight.
Well, according to recent research, that may no longer be true.
In fact, if you’re talking about agavins, a hot new sweetener substitute, then a sweetener could very well help you lose weight.
According to the American Chemical Society, it’s completely true. Agavins, which come from the agave plant, was found to trigger insulin production, lower blood sugar, treat diabetes and lead to weight loss in mice.
While it has yet to be tested on humans, researchers expect similar results.
So if you’re trying to lose weight, try working this sweet-tasting ingredient into your food. It may be just what your body needs to kick-start that weight loss.
The Truth About Agavins
Agavins are a type of fructan, an indigestible sugar that your body can’t absorb or use for energy. It’s taken from the agave plant, a cactus-like plant that grows in hotter climates, like those in Mexico, South America and the Southern U.S.
They’re green succulents that closely resemble the aloe plant, they’re sharp and a little spin, and they often boast beautiful flowers and rosettes at their center. These flowers typically only grow once, and once dead, the original plant dies. The stems then produce seeds, and new plants grow all over again.
Most likely, you’ve heard of the agave plant, as it’s the source of both agave syrup (another popular sweetening agent) and of course, good old tequila.
But don’t confuse it with either of these two items by any means; it shares none of the same properties at all!
Though they come from the same plant, agavins won’t give you that warm, fuzzy feeling that tequila will, and agave syrup is actually made from cooking the agavins themselves. This unnatural process takes most of the health benefits out of the food and makes them almost as bad as regular table sugar.
Agavins on their own however, or agavins added into real food or water, can be extremely beneficial to your body and your overall weight loss goals.
After all, since they’re indigestible, your body doesn’t metabolize them. They don’t affect your blood sugar levels, and they don’t cause you to pack on the pounds in your hips, thighs and butt like other sweeteners do. Plus, they also act like a dietary fiber, help keep your digestive tract healthy and regular – a crucial component of losing weight!
Some research shows that agavins can increase your GLP-1 hormones, too. These hormones slow the stomach from emptying, and keep you fuller longer. They also stave off hunger pangs and cravings, which could cause you to overeat and even gain weight.
Overall, agavins seem like a very viable option for people looking to lose weight. Once they have been tested on humans and the effects have been studies and analyzed over time, you may start seeing this unique ingredient on shelves all over the country.
Want to Try Agavins?
If you’re looking to lose weight or slim down, agavins may be just what the doctor ordered. For now, however, you’ll have to wait. As researchers are still studying its effect on humans, it’s not really available on the market as of yet. Rest assured, once it is, I’ll let you know right here on my blog.
In the meantime, don’t go flocking to agave syrup thinking it will have similar benefits. In fact, Shape Magazine even named it one of the top 6 “healthy” ingredients to never eat! According to doctors, it actually has nearly as much fructose as high-fructose corn syrup, and it can lead to excess belly fat easily. Some research even shows that it encourage hunger signals, making you want to eat more and overindulge.
Instead, stick to raw, organic honey, organic maple syrup or fresh dates. These will give you a little sweet taste, without overloading you with calories or fructose. Just make sure to go easy on it. Remember: a little goes a long way!
Adding fresh fruit is always a great option if you want to sweeten up a dish or dessert, too. As an added bonus, that comes with a whole slew of vitamins and minerals, too, which can improve your health even further. Whenever possible, steer clear of so-called “sweeteners,” and just stick to these fresher options instead. Their usually cheaper, tastier and better for your health anyway.
My personal favorite way to sweeten something? Throw a handful of berries into a pan, and cook over medium heat until they begin to loosen up. Soon, you’ll have a jelly-like substance that you can pour over waffles, pancakes, oatmeal, cereal or any other dish you might be eating.
What other foods and sweetener substitutes do you use when cutting calories? Let me know your favorites in the comments.
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