I hate being lied to and so should you:

A few evenings ago, I ran across an article entitled: “Drinking Tequila Could Help You Lose Weight”.  Pretty damn awesome right?  So, I couldn’t help myself and clicked on the article in my news feed; the dietitian in me wanted (needed) to know how this could possibly work.  Quickly looking at the source I see that it is Elle magazine in the UK.  By no means a scientific publication but the worldwide lifestyle magazine has been around for a while: founded in 1945.  That type of media clout surely has a reputation for good content.  My expectations may have been unrealistically set high but what I ended up reading was disgusting.

“Drinking Tequila Could Help You Lose Weight – one tequila, two tequila, three tequila…(your fat pants just hit the) floor.” Funny and catchy, credit deserved, but clearly this paints the picture that drinking tequila will cause weight loss.  The article’s author opens with two strong statements:

  1. “a new study has found a link between tequila and weight loss.” 1
  2. “According to the American Chemical Society, which research the effects of tequila on blood glucose levels last year, sugars found in the plant that makes tequila can help lower your blood sugar.” 1

Let’s unpack this quickly.

“a new study has found a link between tequila and weight loss.” 1

No, it didn’t.  First, the researchers where studying a sugar called an agavin found in the agave plant.  They wanted to know if it could be used as a sweetener.  Tests were done using the agavin compound and not tequila.  Furthermore, the authors of the study even stated that the agavins found in the agave plant are converted to ethanol during the tequila making process and are not found in the finished product” 3.  Translation, tequila doesn’t have anything to do with the research used for this junk article.

Not done yet though.

“According to the American Chemical Society, which researched the effects of tequila on blood glucose levels last year, sugars found in the plant that makes tequila can help lower your blood sugar” 1

Two things are terribly wrong with this statement:

One, the study was done on mice.  Unless you’re a mouse, no, the study does not say sugars in the plant can help lower your blood sugar.  Even though mouse models can be quite good at simulating human response and they are valuable it’s not good enough to transfer that benefit to humans with definitive statements.  

Two, the research was not done on tequila as previously explained.

What’s disgusting about this?  Either this author blatantly lied to you, they shouldn’t be writing about anything involving science or both.  And… media outlets don’t seem to care about misleading readers; spreading misinformation.  I say media outlets plural because this incorrect information was published not once, but twice!  How this author duped two major publications to print this and most likely pay her for it is beyond me.
2/12/2017 https://www.harpersbazaar.com.au/culture/drinking-tequila-can-help-you-lose-weight-6261
4/26/2019 https://www.elle.com/uk/author/12749/rheanna-oneil-bellomo/

Trust me, I wish tequila could help me lose weight too, but it doesn’t.  Please be extremely careful reading any nutrition advice or “research” on the web.    The use of research articles is often misused by writers looking to add undeserved credibility to their works.  Shame on Elle, Harper’s Bazaar, and this author.

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  1. Bellomo RON. Rheanna O’Neil Bellomo. ELLE. https://www.elle.com/uk/author/12749/rheanna-oneil-bellomo/. Accessed May 20, 2019.
  2. Bellomo RON. Drinking Tequila Could Help You Lose Weight. Harper’s BAZAAR. https://www.harpersbazaar.com.au/culture/drinking-tequila-can-help-you-lose-weight-6261. Published May 13, 2018. Accessed May 20, 2019.
  3. staff SX. Tequila plant is possible sweetener for diabetics-helps reduce blood sugar, weight. Phys.org. https://phys.org/news/2014-03-tequila-sweetener-diabeticshelps-blood-sugar.html. Published March 16, 2014. Accessed May 20, 2019.