If you want to lose weight, any doctors or nutritionist will tell you to omit the alcohol from your diet, but a surprising study actually shows a link between drinking tequila and weight loss. This is huge news for anyone looking to shed some pounds in the New Year without totally suppressing their social life.
According to the American Chemical Society, the effects of tequila on blood glucose levels and found that the sugars naturally occurring in the agave plant — the plant that gives us tequila — can actually help lower blood sugar. These sugars — called agavins (not to be confused with agave syrup) — are not digestible and can act as dietary fiber, so they will not raise your blood sugar.
According to Dr. Mercedes G. Lopez, agavins are the best sugars to support healthy growth of microbes in the mouth and intestines.
The study looked at mice that had been given a “standard diet” followed by water with agavins added. The mice who drank the special water ended up eating less overall and had lower blood sugar than those who hadn’t consumed the agavins. Additionally, the mice who drank the agavins had more GLP-1 present in their systems,. This hormone keeps the stomach from emptying, thereby keeping one feeling fuller longer, and stimulating insulin production.
More research is needed, but scientists believe that agavins may provide benefits to those struggling with type 2 diabetes or obesity.
While this study doesn’t give you the go-ahead to hit the bar and take down a tequila shots, it just might be worth raising a toast to tequila next time you’re choosing a drink.