Study finds drinking tequila can help you lose weight
We're all familiar with that Monday feeling. You know, that one where your two-day hangover tries to convince you to buy a double cheese grilled cheese sandwich with extra cheese for lunch; but you tell yourself NO because you've got to be good this week to atone for all the sins your put your body (primarily, your liver) over the weekend.
But boy, do I have some good news for all you other weekend gluttons out there. It turns out that if your liquor of choice is tequila, you might actually be doing your body some good. A new study claims that throwing back tequila can help you lose weight, and it sounds too good to be true.
The American Chemical Society released the study after researching the effects of tequila on blood glucose levels and found that, funnily enough, the type of sugar found in tequila can help lower your blood sugar. Sugar is generally bad for us – rotting teeth, providing excess energy which turns into fat, and generally making you feel a bit bleh – but the sugar that naturally occurs in the agave plant used to make tequila turns out to be a good kind of sugar. Not to be confused with agave syrup, the sugars known as "agavins" are non-digestible and therefore won't impact your blood sugar in a negative way.
Researchers found this by watching two groups of mice who were given the same standard, mousey diet, but two different kinds of water to drink. One group drank water spiked with agavins, and the other had plain H2O. They found that those who had consumed the agavins ended up with lower blood sugar levels than the others, and they were eating less overall too.
The mice drinking the agavins also produced a hormone called GLP-1, which keeps the stomach fuller for longer, and produces insulin. All this would be extremely beneficial for people with type 2 diabetes or those struggling to lose weight, asserted the researchers.
But here's where I chime in with the "but everything in moderation folks, so no sugary margaritas for you". And it's true. You won't be seeing many of those benefits if you're downing a bunch of sugary mixer drinks, artificial flavorings and preservatives as well. Better stick to a row of shots – lemon and salt are okay too.
Some studies also claim that if you drink 100 per cent agave tequila, you'll wake up without a hangover. While that definitely sounds too good to be true, other researchers have pointed out the other health benefits of the drink that have been scientifically proven. A shot of tequila after dinner is known to help you digest your food easier, thanks to the high amounts of inulin found in the agave plant. The probiotics in the drink are also good for your digestive health in general. And Mexican doctors in the 1930s even used to say that it can cure a common cold too.
So, anyone else up for a round of tequila shots this weekend?