Tired of everyone telling you to stay away from margaritas? There’s no doubt that the salty, sugary recipe will bust your waist line, but studies have found that the liquor inside the mixture can actually help you lose weight. Forget the sugary nonsense — we’re talking about the hard stuff: tequila.
A study by the American Chemical Society found that the sugar in tequila has the ability to lower blood glucose levels. We know it sounds crazy, but here’s the science behind it: Agavins, a natural form of sugar that’s found in the agave plant, is non-digestible. Because of this, it can act as a dietary fiber, and it won’t raise blood glucose. This is especially good news for those with type 2 diabetes, research says. Don’t believe us? Mercedes G. López, a researcher involved in the study, said it herself.
"We have found that since agavins reduce glucose levels and increase GLP-1, they also increase the amount of insulin," said López. She continues, "Agavins are not expensive and they have no known side effects, except for those few people who cannot tolerate them."
GLP-1 is a hormone that causes the stomach to empty out slower, making people feel fuller for longer. The plant and sugars in tequila aid this hormone, causing you to eat less.
There you have it. When it comes to weight loss, agave is the saving grace. Pour a shot, drink it down, and stay slim.