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n2doc Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Mar-24-10 07:28 AM
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Ingredient in tequila plant may fight osteoporosis and other diseases
The plant that gave the world tequila contains a substance that seems ideal for use in a new genre of processed foods -- so-called "functional foods" -- with health benefits over and above serving as a source of nutrients, scientists reported here today at the 239th National Meeting of the American Chemical Society (ACS). Foods spiked with "fructans" from the agave plant may help protect against osteoporosis by boosting the body's absorption of calcium and could have other health benefits, they said.

"Fructans are considered functional food ingredients because they affect body processes in ways that result in better health and reduction in the risk of many diseases," said Mercedes Lpez, Ph.D., who delivered the report. She is with the National Polytechnic Institute, Guanajuato, Mexico. "Experimental studies suggest that fructans may be beneficial in diabetes, obesity, stimulating the immune system of the body, decreasing levels of disease-causing bacteria in the intestine, relieving constipation, and reducing the risk of colon cancer."

Fructans are non-digestible carbohydrates. They consist of molecules of fructose -- the sugar found in honey, grapes, and ripe fruits -- linked together into chains. Rich natural sources include artichokes, Jerusalem artichokes, garlic and onions, and chicory. Fructans do not occur in tequila, however, because they change into alcohol when agave is used to make tequila, Lpez said.

So-called "inulin-type" fructans from chicory find wide use in the United States and other countries in ice cream, breakfast cereals, baked goods, sauces, beverages, and other foods. Small fructans have a sweet taste, while those formed from longer chains of fructose have a neutral taste and give foods a smooth, pleasant texture. Scientific studies have suggested that fructans stimulate the growth of healthful bacteria in the large intestine in a way that increases the body's absorption of minerals, including the calcium and magnesium important for bone growth.

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itsrobert Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Mar-24-10 07:47 AM
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1. Maybe that's why my arthritis goes away after a few shots
I'm pain free until the next morning.
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meowomon Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Mar-24-10 07:59 AM
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2. Wow. Medical Marijuana and Tequila
My kind of remedy!
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leftofcool Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Mar-24-10 08:25 AM
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3. Mine too!
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