Tequila is not only a delicious party in a bottle, it’s also (according to some scientific studies) good for the human body and for our planet. Feel even better about your next Sangrita party or Taco Tuesday by learning all the ways in which tequila is good for you and the Earth.
Tequila Is Good for Your Bones
Tequila has inspired its fair share of miscalculated feats of strength, but that feeling of physical prowess you get from an injection of agave goodness might not just be in your head. A study found that fructans, which are plentiful in agave plants, helped lab mice generate osteocalcin, which helps bones absorb critical components like calcium. Drink enough (within reason, of course) and you might just turn into a liquor-powered superhero.
Spent Agave Can Be Recycled into Car Parts
Good agave is a terrible thing to waste. Even if you find ways to reuse your empty tequila bottles, tequila production yields a lot of waste in the form of agave piñas sucked dry of their illustrious juice. So it filled our hearts with joy to hear that two major companies, Ford and Jose Cuervo, were repurposing those cast-off piñas as car parts. It is, in our opinion, the best (and only) way for tequila and cars to mix.
Agave Syrup Makes a Healthy Sugar Substitute
The agave plant has given many gifts to the drinking world. Along with two of our favorite spirits, agave is also used to make agave syrup, which offers a healthy alternative to white sugar. Agave syrup is sweeter than its blanco bretheren, so just a little goes a long way. Use it in a Margarita or Acapulco to taste the rainbow of agave-based wonders.
Tequila Can Help You Lose Weight
If you think everyone looks better after a round of tequila, it might not be the beer-goggles leading you astray—tequila can actually help you lose weight. Okay, the effects aren’t immediate, but a study conducted by the American Chemical Society found that agavins, sugars found in agave plants, help lower blood sugar and suppress appetites (in mice, at least). Agavins also helped the mice produce insulin, leading the ACS to suggest that they could make a great sugar-alternative for diabetics.
Tequila Could Help Plants Survive Global Warming
Agave plants can survive in incredibly harsh conditions, from arid deserts to rocky cliffsides, thanks to their genetic makeup. According to a study published in the journal Nature Plants, agave plants open their pores at night to avoid dehydrating in the harsh Mexican sun, but this nocturnal photosynthesis also causes them to absorb less carbon dioxide. Scientists hope to harvest the genes responsible for this nightly phenomena and apply it to other plants so that they may adapt to our ever warming planet. We wish them luck, but we’ll keep our nightly interactions with agave strictly cocktailian in nature.