Tequila: The New Diet Drink?
We thought tequila was only good for manufacturing blackouts and soul-crushing regrets, but apparently the drink may have more to it.
A group of Mexican scientists - suspiciously enough they're from the country's biggest tequila producing region - say juice from the blue agave plant, from which tequila is distilled, may help people lose weight and lower their cholesterol. OK, so maybe the valuable properties are lost when it's distilled...
Sadly for the world's growing band of tequila lovers, agave's possible health benefits are lost when the plant is distilled into alcohol.
Spiky agave plants has been cultivated on Mexico's arid central highlands for thousands of years and are woven into the country's history and mythology. But more than anything the plant is known for what Spanish invaders called "tequila wine."
Now however, researchers from the University of Guadalajara, close to the town of Tequila, the cradle of Mexico's famous alcoholic export, say the plant's powers go beyond inducing euphoric highs followed by crushing hangovers.
It's too bad blue agave loses its heath benefits when it's distilled, but we say it never hurts to try, right? Margaritas for everyone!
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Posted by Jake Jamieson at September 24, 2005 12:50 PM