Did a new research actually find a link between losing weight and tequila? No, that is absolutely not true. But there is a study which was done by Dr. Mercedes G. López back in 2014, in which she fed lab mice with sugars contained in the agave fruit, from which the tequila is made, and this was mistaken by everybody that the tequila can help you lose weight.
But actually those sugars are not even present in the tequila drink, because they are being converted into alcohol during the fermentation process.
Numerous publications have repeated the story, but recently an article which was published by Elle went viral on April 26, 2019 which had a title It’s Official, Drinking Tequila Could Help You Lose Weight which wrote:
While it’s broadly realized that knocking back alcohol piles on a huge amount of void calories, another study has discovered a connection between tequila and weight loss. This is gigantic news for agave-soul lovers- and essentially any individual who plans on some increasingly outdoor drinking as the weather warms up.
As indicated by the American Chemical Society, which examined the impacts of tequila on blood glucose levels a year ago, sugars found in the plant that causes tequila to be able to help you bring down your blood sugar levels. The sugars that naturally occur in the agave plant are known as agavins — not to be mistaken for agave syrup — and are non-edible, so they won’t raise your blood sugar levels.
Users on social medias only saw this thumbnail, description and title:
That clearly says that tequila is able to help you lose weight and it is using links to the press releases about the study to back it up:
These articles explain about the potential of the agavins (the sugars that are used to produce the tequila drink) for lowering blood sugar levels and helping with weight loss. But each and every one of them have this paragraph inside:
Obviously, the agave’s distinguishing strength is as the plant from which tequila is made. López clarified that agavins are the main sugars used to produce the drink. All ethanol in tequila originates from the aging of glucose and fructose produced after agave pines are cooked. But since the agavins are changed over to ethanol, agavins are not found in the final product, which is the tequila drink.
In other words, the stuff that is supposed to help us lose weight and is beneficial at the same time, is not even present in the tequila. And the experiment was on lab mice, not on humans.
Besides all this, there have been many articles over the couple of years that claimed tequila can help you lose weight, which were based on this study. All of this frustrated Dr. López, because she’s seen her study promoting excessive drinking. Things got so out of control, that a Belgian TV Show named “Factcheckers” needed to a segment of the story in 2019 and they made a video, in order to clear up her reputation:
Don’t mess around with Dr. López!