Eric Blair June 9th
2019

Research presented at a meeting of the American Chemical Society has revealed that tequila could actually provide help to diabetics as well as aiding with weight loss. 

This isn’t the first time tequila has been touted for its health benefits - it’s one of the only alcohols you can have on the keto diet, and historically the spirit has been linked with lowering cholesterol and helping digestion. 

So, where do its supposedly magical healing powers come from? Well, tequila is made using the agave plant, which contains sugars called agavins.

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Whereas sugars in a most foods will raise your blood sugar, agavins are non-digestible, which means they don’t raise your blood sugar when you consume them.

Dr Mercedes G. López, Ph.D, said: "We have found that since agavins reduce glucose levels and increase GLP-1, they also increase the amount of insulin.

"GLP-1 (glucagon-like peptide-1) is a hormone that slows the stomach from emptying, thereby stimulating production of insulin."

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Although all this does put agavins in a really good position for their consumption by obese and diabetic people, registered dietician, Jenny Friedman says it’s important to put the findings in perspective. 

She told Fox: “I think the findings about the connection between agavins and weight loss are interesting.

“Agavins and tequila are very different things. It’s a lot to make the jump that tequila can cause weight loss in humans based on the results seen in the study with agavins and mice.”

Obviously, agavins aren’t the only thing you’re consuming when you down a shot of tequila, there’s also a fair whack of alcohol in there which is not traditionally considered to be a weight loss aid. And if you’re on the Margaritas, well there’s probably enough other sugars in there to more than compensate for there benefits of the agavins!

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