Sugars present in tequila may help with weight loss and treating diabetes, scientists have discovered.
Agavins, a natural sugar found in the agave plant that tequila is made from, can lower blood sugar levels in people with type-2 diabetes and help obese people lose weight.
According to the American Chemical Society study, they increase the level of GLP-1, a hormone which increases levels of insulin and slows the stomach from emptying, helping you feel fuller for longer.
A team of biochemical scientists in Mexico fed mice a standard diet while adding agavins to some of their water.
Mice were weighed every day and their glucose blood levels checked weekly. Those who had drunk the agavins ate less and had lower blood sugar levels, with the effect being stronger in them than in other mice who were consuming artificial sweeteners.
However, Mercedes López, who led the study, warns that a lot of the sugars in tequila become ethanol, meaning that there may be few agavins in the final bottle. So you may not entirely be able to justify reaching for that lime and salt on health reasons.