Apart from summery Margaritas by the beach there are at least 8 other health related reasons to enjoy your favourite Mexican spirit this summer…
The fructans in the tequila are non-digestible so they tend to act as fibre. By passing through the body undigested, it avoids the dangerous blood sugar spike as well as stimulates insulin production. Those fructans are called agavins which derive from the agave plant and trigger insulin production, therefore lowering blood sugar. Moreover they have a less refined molecular structure which doesn’t raise the blood sugar levels. It also stimulates metabolism and helps dissolves fats. This is enough reason in itself to drink more tequila, but just in case you wanted more excuses, read on for reason No 2…
Surprisingly, tequila can help you get your beach body after all. There are certain components in tequila that can aid weight loss. In tests conducted by the American Chemical Society drinking tequila in moderation helped individuals reach their weight loss goals.
This benefit applies only if you drink “100% agave” pure tequila, but hey that’s pretty awesome if you want to overdo it one day!
During the 1930s, doctors in Mexico used to promote this tequila concoction to fight off cold: 140ml of tequila blanco, 140ml of agave nectar and 140 ml of fresh lime juice.
Increasing fiber in your diet helps in the reduction of cholesterol levels. Like fibre, agavins lower triglycerides in the blood and levels of cholesterol, as determined by researchers in Plant Foods for human nutrition.
- PROBIOTICS & PREBIOTICS
Probiotics are 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 probiotics into our body.
According to a study, the prebiotic attributes of tequila help make the intestines a friendlier environment for healthy bacteria (probiotics) to thrive.
Those agavins again! They have been linked in several studies to aiding the body to absorb more effectively the calcium. Therefore, it could potentially be a viable option for preventing the development of fragile or brittle bones.
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. The fructans help deliver drugs to the colon, getting them past the stomach acid. Scientists are looking into these fructans in prescription drugs for the diseases.
And there you have it, 8 totally legitimate health related reasons why tequila should always be on the menu. We’re off to find a Margarita…