You may know it as a universal party starter, a truth serum, or the reason you woke up naked on a stranger’s doorstep Thursday. But agave advocates in the wellness community are calling tequila the new kombucha, and there may be some validity to that. The key is the type of tequila you drink and opting for pure blanco or silver tequilas instead of more commercial brands, which contain corn syrup, is the best way to reap the health benefits and avoid a hangover.
So raise your glass this Cinco de Mayo and fear not that second (or third) shot, because with the right tequila, you can turn up all the way without all the nasty consequences.
1. Weight Loss
Tequila contains agavins, which are sugars found in the agave plant. They’re not as refined as other sugars, so the body doesn’t completely absorb them. Combined with tequila’s metabolism stimulating properties, sipping a top shelf brand in moderation is a diet friendly choice at happy hour.
2. Probiotic and Prebiotic
Tequila is a natural probiotic, thanks to the presence of fructans, which means you’ll experience improved digestion and immunity. It’s also a prebiotic, which means it helps create an environment in the body for healthy bacteria to thrive.
3. Stronger Bones
Studies have shown agavins to aid calcium absorption in the body, helping to improve bone density and even prevent osteoporosis.
4. Lower Blood Sugar Levels
Because your body doesn’t absorb all of the sugars in tequila, drinking it neat can help regulate blood sugar levels compared to other types of alcohol. Again, this is only true of blanco and silver tequilas. And the absence of added sugar means you’re less likely to get a hangover.
5. Lower Cholesterol
In case you need another reason to convert, tequila can also help lower your LDL (bad cholesterol) levels, because it breaks down dietary fat. Just don’t pair it with a bacon double cheeseburger.
Go ahead and drink up this Cinco de Mayo with the Tequila Tour bar crawl, where you’ll get cover-free admission and tequila specials in honor of Cinco de Mayo!