Drinking Tequila Could Help You Lose Weight

That’s a title that sounds too good to be true! But there’s good news for lovers of the Mexican spirit.

A new study has found a connection between tequila and weight loss. Break out the shot glasses!

Last year, the American Chemical Society conducted research to determine the effect of tequila on blood glucose levels. Tequila is made from the agave plant, which contains properties that can contribute to lowering blood sugar. Agavins, the sugars that occur naturally in the agave plant, are non-digestible. As a consequence, they don’t raise blood sugar.

During the study, scientists discovered that mice that consumed a standard diet but drank water with agavins added ate less in total and had lower blood sugar levels than mice that enjoyed the same diet sans agavin-laced water. Even better, the mice who drank agavin water also produced a hormone, GLP-1, that keeps the stomach full longer and produces insulin. As a consequence, the researchers believe that agavins could benefit people with Type 2 diabetes and/or those who are trying to lose weight.

While it might be premature to make tequila a significant part of your diet plan, the news might make you feel a bit less guilty about that second margarita.

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