With the pervasive and alarming increase of Type II diabetes worldwide, finding a source of sweetness that is kinder and healthier has become essential.
Agavins are sugars of completely natural origin which come from the agave plant. Yes, that is the same plant which is used to make tequila, although agavins are not present at all in the alcoholic beverage.
Agavins are non-digestible substances and seem to behave as a dietary fiber in the gastrointestinal tract rather than a true sugar. They provide the same sweet taste experience but, being non-digestible, they do not cause a spike in blood glucose. In addition, they seem to slow down the rate at which the stomach empties, creating a feeling of fullness and a decrease in appetite, which can lead to weight loss.
Do not confuse agavins with agave nectar or syrup. These sweeteners do contain simple sugars derived from fructose and are caloric.
More research is needed to determine the efficacy of agavins as part of the human diet. Meanwhile, you can read more about them by following this link.