10 surprising health benefits
Can you believe that tequila can help you lose weight? Crazy, right? While tequila can’t be categorized as a “health food”, it actually does has several surprising health benefits. Following is a list of 10 surprising health-related benefits of tequila. Of course, we don’t endorse binge imbibing and the tips below only work if you enjoy tequila in moderation. Most importantly, if you are going to drink tequila, be sure to look for “100% agave” tequila, to get the best health benefits. Anything else will have added sugars. So let’s get started with how to drink Tequila and lose weight while doing it.
- Drink Tequila it can help you lose weight
This is pretty hard to believe considering any weight loss plan will tell you to cut alcohol consumption entirely. However, if you can manage to drink a controlled amount of tequila you can benefit from the weight-loss properties of agavins, which are a particular kind of sugar in tequila. Not be confused with agave nectar, which is a sweetener, agavins have a less refined molecular structure which doesn’t raise the blood sugar levels. As a result, many of the calories pass through the system unused as opposed to other alcohol sugars, which are not so glycemic index friendly. It also stimulates the metabolism and helps to dissolve fats.
- It aids digestion
Taking a shot of tequila after a meal has been linked to aiding digestion. It’s also been suggested that a shot before a meal can rev up your metabolism and appetite.
- It’s probiotic
You’ve probably heard about probiotics by now, the healthy bacteria that naturally populate our intestines. They are responsible for most of our immune system and help our bodies keep a healthy balance. Some of the fructans which tequila is derived from actually supply these good guys! Again, we’re talking about small amounts of tequila like a shot after dinner to aid digestion. Getting drunk will likely do the opposite and wipe out your natural reserves of healthy bacteria as your immune system is forced to work overtime to rid your body of the toxins inherent in any alcohol.
- It’s prebiotic
Setting the stage for the good bacteria, prebiotics help tend the ground, so to speak. They create a living space for them. According to this study, the prebiotic attributes of tequila help make the intestines a more friendly environment for healthy bacteria to thrive. Once again, in moderation only.
- It may help fight osteoporosis
Again with those agavins! They have been linked in several studies to aiding the body in calcium absorption, and therefore, might be a viable option for preventing the development of fragile or brittle bones.
- It may help prevent Type 2 Diabetes.
Diabetics, who normally must shy away from alcohol, can enjoy a bit of tequila now and again because as this study explains, the fructans in tequila are non-digestible, act as fiber and pass through the body undigested. This avoids the dangerous blood sugar spike as well as stimulates insulin production. Obviously, if you have diabetes, talk to your doctor before you start taking shots of tequila, as every individual is different and reactions can vary.
- It may lower the chances of developing dementia
Studies show a link between people who drink moderate amounts of alcohol (including tequila) to having a lower incidence of dementia later in life. But be careful! It also showed a correlation between people who drank too much alcohol and having far higher rates of dementia onsets.
- It helps necessary drugs make it to the colon
People with diseases affecting their digestive systems, such as Crohn’s Disease, IBS and colitis, might be getting a boost from the fructans in tequila as it contains natural chemical carriers which protect the necessary drugs so they can get past the stomach acid, and to the colon where it is needed. Scientists are looking into using these fructans in prescription drugs for these diseases
- It helps curb insomnia
Thanks to it’s relaxing benefits, tequila can help calm the nerves and may even aid in inducing sleep for the deprived. It’s best not to depend on any substance, particularly alcohol, on a regular basis. But now and then it may just be that extra something you can enjoy to unwind. And snooze!
- It doesn’t give you a hangover
That is if you drink the high shelf stuff. Again, you have to drink “100% agave” tequila to get this benefit. Cheaper brands will be filled out with other sugar alcohols, which will knock you out.
Too much of any alcohol is healthy, but if you’re a tequila drinker you can feel good about your healthy imbibing choice and if you’re not maybe it’s time to give Tequila a try. In moderation of course!
Thanks for reading Drink Tequila and Lose Weight. Before you go we would like to ask you a few questions. Did you know Tequila had so many potential health benefits? What’s your favorite thing about Tequila? Comment and share below!