Let's face it -- in general, alcohol isn't exactly seen as a nutritious dietary staple. Fortunately, this doesn't mean you have to avoid alcohol altogether in order to lead a healthy life. Like with any indulgence, there are ways to incorporate liquor into a balanced lifestyle -- and pure, 100 percent agave-based tequila (also known as blanco tequila) may just be the key to promoting weight loss.
According to a 2014 study published by the American Chemical Society, sugars found in the tequila plant can help lower blood sugar and promote weight loss. Blanco tequila is made up of agavins, a unique type of sugar that the human body is incapable of breaking down naturally. This means that instead of metabolizing the sugar as energy or storing it as fat, the non-digestible agavins could actually help lower your blood sugar. In addition, the introduction of these molecules into your system can even keep your stomach feeling fuller for longer.
Through tequila and the agave plant it comes from, you might be able to get similar probiotic benefits of fermented foods and yogurt, with all the fun of Mexican liquor. This is because the drink is derived from a kind of agave that contains fructans, a short-chain polymer that has been shown to provide beneficial gut bacteria. Of course, as with any alcohol, too much would upset your stomach, so always remember to exercise restraint.
It just goes to show how a little shot of fun every day can go a long way.