While we've been led to believe that throwing back an alcoholic beverage racks up a ton of empty calories, a new study has found a link between tequila and weight loss. This is major news for tequila lovers.
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 help 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 won't raise your blood sugar.
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.
We're not saying you should start shotting a tequila at every meal, but a round every now and then definitely sounds more and more enticing now that we know this potential link.
Now, somebody pass the marg.
This article first appeared on InStyle
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