It might seem counterintuitive, drinking tequila could actually help you achieve your weight loss goals. Of course, we’re not asking you to chug down shots of the Mexican beverage like you would with water but, a drink once in a while might be beneficial.

Agave Plant Tequila
The blue agave plant is harvested for use in tequila.

Agavins — not to be confused with agave syrup that’s made with fructose and should be consumed in moderation — is a sort of indigestible fructan that helps to improve digestion and strengthen your immune system. As Dr Kenneth Woliner of Holistic Family Medicine in Florida has written, while our bodies might not be able to digest fructans, the friendly bacteria in our digestive system thrives on fructans and helps improve the absorption of calcium and other minerals.

A study conducted has shown that the subjects who were given water with some added agave fructans ate less, allowing them to lose weight and lower their blood sugar levels compared to those who consumed water with bits of artificial sweeteners.

If you want to try including tequila into your meals, give this Tequila Prawn and Pineapple Tostadas a try:

Tequila Prawn and Pineapple TostadosIngredients

16 small green prawns
1 lime, for juice
2 tbsps tequila
1 clove garlic, crushed
1 cup pineapple, finely chopped
1 avocado, seeded, peeled and finely chopped
1/2 red onion, finely chopped
2 tbsps, pickled jalepenos, finely chopped
1 tbsp vegetable oil
100 g packet plain round corner chips


1. In a bowl, combine prawns, half juice, tequila and garlic. Mix well and set aside.
2. In another bowl, combine pineapple, avocado, onion and jalepenos with remaining juice. Toss gently to combine. Season to taste.
3. In a large frying pan, heat oil on high. Fry prawns for 3-4 mins, turning until just cooked through.
4. Arrange 16 corn chips on a serving platter. Pile pineapple mixture onto each chip and top with prawns.

Photo: Pixabay/James Moffatt (Woman’s Day)