Mexican scientists make bean drink that lowers cholesterol and glucose

A drink made by Mexican scientists from beans and has a coffee flavor has been effective in reducing cholesterol, triglycerides and glucose, the National Polytechnic Institute (IPN) of Mexico revealed today.

The effects of this drink, which has a consistency similar to milk, have been tested in a study in live mice with a high-calorie, high-cholesterol diet, the IPN said in a statement.

From their consumption, a reduction in cholesterol, glucose and lipoprotein levels was observed in mice, said Cristian Jiménez Martínez and Luis Sergio Muñoz Carrillo, of the National School of Biological Sciences of the institute.

“It was an experiment that lasted only seven days, however the decrease in cholesterol, triglyceride and glucose levels was observed, which may indicate the beneficial effect of the bean protein hydrolyzate,” said Muñoz.

The concentration of glucose, triglycerides and cholesterol in the mice was reduced by around 47%, Munoz said.

Scientists hope that the drink helps lower cholesterol and triglycerides and glucose that affect half of Mexicans according to statistics from the National Institute of Cardiology “Ignacio Chavez.”

Diabetes is the leading cause of death in Mexico, according to the most recent national health survey, the institute said.

To make the drink, the bean seeds were selected, from which a fine flour was elaborated to which the fat was eliminated to prepare a solution to which the pH was adjusted (degree of acidity of an aqueous solution) .

“The important thing about this action is to fragment that protein into small peptides that have biological activity, which are related to the decrease in cholesterol, hydrolysis and glucose,” explained Muñoz Carrillo.

In the final part of the process, sucralose was added as a sweetener (to give it a sweet flavor) to have a low calorie product that is similar to milk and that cold drink is recommended.

The drink can be consumed with a good diet and it is advisable to consume a minimum of 200 milliliters a day, explained Jiménez Martínez.

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