According to research presented at a meeting of the American Chemical Society, the world's largest scientific society, "A sweetener created from the plant used to make tequila could lower blood glucose levels for people with type 2 diabetes and help them and the obese lose weight." The sweetener, agavins, is a natural type of sugar which is found in the agave plant and its benefits include being "non-digestible and can act as a dietary fibre" which means it doesn't raise blood glucose.

The research came from a study lead by Mercedes G. López Ph.D, whereby López and her team fed a group of mice a standard diet with agavins added to their daily water. They weighed the mice daily and checked their glucose blood levels weekly. Most mice that drank the agavins ate less, lost weight and their blood glucose levels decreased.

López noted that "agavins can help people feel fuller, which could help them eat less... and agavins, like other fructans, which are made of sugar fructose, are the best sugars to help support growth of healthful microbes in the mouth and intestines." So far, so healthful.

But before you get the tequila weight loss party started, there is a caveat. According to López although agavins are present in the agave pines used to produce tequila, because they're converted to ethanol in the cooking process they're not in the finished product... Which means you might have to add an extra "agavins" step into the salt, tequila, lemon line up.

Pass the lemon and salt, could tequila be linked to weight loss?!