Realities and Myths of a Good Tequila Shot

Realities and Myths of a Good Tequila Shot

 Is it true that drinking tequila kills the bugs or is it only for lovesickness?

Throughout the gastronomic history in Mexico, certain health benefits of tequila have been attributed. And while they are pears or apples, science has done some studies on drinking tequila and we will have to accept the results.

False: Helps You Lose Weight

A tequila shot showing that drinking tequila makes a woman look slim.

They say that drinking tequila can control your appetite. In England they conducted some studies with mice, according to the results, the group that was treated with tequila reduced their food intake by between 10-11%, compared to the other group. These studies on the benefits of tequila give us just a few hints that it can reduce appetite; however, it cannot be applied automatically in humans.

False: Prevents Osteoporosis

Cazadores painting by Carlos Torres with a skull drinking alcohol in a bar to illustrate that preventing osteoporosis is not one of the benefits of tequila.

Some types of agave produce a honey that helps the bones to better absorb the necessary minerals. In this regard, Harvard University carried out a study in mice and found that the bones of the group treated with this honey known as fructans were larger and stronger.

It may help prevent osteoporosis, although it is not clear whether it will work in humans. More study will be required before recommending it as a treatment for bone health.

True: Reduces the Risk of Alzheimer's

Abe Simpson with Alzheimer's.

What is proven is that drinking alcohol, in general and in moderation, can help reduce the risk of Alzheimer's, but be careful! If you drink in excess, alcohol can damage your brain. So… what is in moderation? Well, no more than one glass a day, for women, and one or two a day for men. This glass should be 12 ounces of beer, 5 ounces of wine, or 1.5 ounces of hard liquor, such as tequila, whiskey, and vodka.

More or Less: Heals The Soul

What we Mexicans are sure of is that drinking tequila cures the soul, and if it doesn't cure your pain, as my grandfather says, at least you forget. Or as they say, "one is none." So cheers!

Enjoy drinking tequila with your friends, as long as you have a healthy diet and an active life, and remember, all in moderation! You don't want a deadly hangover the next day.

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Mayra gutierrez

I graduated with a Bachelor of Science in Nutrition, concentrating in Dietetics, from Arizona State University. I love teaching the community the proper way to take care of themselves and eat healthy to prevent illness in the future. I feel very fortunate to be part of the “Family Wellness Program”, where they have taught me about diabetes, as well as tips for teaching health classes to different groups in society, using different methods of education. I like art, sewing, I love coffee and enjoying nature alone.