I wrote about the health benefits of drinking beer on December 22, 2017, now let’s take a look at Tequila.
Five Healthy Reasons to Drink Tequila
- Tequila is a low calorie option with around 60 kcal per shot.
- It raises insulin levels for diabetes.
- It can help your digestion.
- It doesn’t give you a hangover, because 100 % blue agave has much less congeners, which lead to fermentation and hangovers.
- It’s good for your bones. Agave fructons result in more calcium being absorbed by bones and less being excreted.
While it’s widely known that drinking alcohol racks up a ton of empty calories, a new study has found a link between tequila and weight loss. This is great news for agave-spirit lovers – and virtually anyone who plans on some more outdoor drinking as the weather heats up.
According to the American Chemical Society, which researched the effects of tequila on blood glucose levels last year, sugars found in the plant that makes tequila can lower your blood sugar. The sugars that naturally occur in the agave plant are called agavins – not to be confused with agave syrup – and are non-digestible, so they don’t raise your blood sugar.
During the study, researchers found that mice who’d been given a standard diet, and then drank water with agavins added, ended up eating less overall and had lower blood sugar levels than the others who hadn’t consumed agavins. What’s more, the mice consuming agavins also produced a hormone called GLP-1, which keeps the stomach full longer and produces insulin, leading researchers to believe that agavins could be beneficial for people with type-2 diabetes or struggling with weight-loss issues.
I’m not suggesting that you start shaking up party-sized batches of margaritas, but a round of tequila shots might start sounding more and more enticing now that you know the potential weigh-loss link.
SALUD, my friends.
See you all the next time.