By Kirk Miller / May 31, 2017 9:00 am

Is tequila the new red wine?

A study presented at the American Chemical Society in 2014 but just publicized now suggests that the sugars in tequila can help you with weight loss and lower your blood sugar.

The sugars (agavins) can’t be digested and act like a dietary fiber, according to the Independent —the same news organization that just a few weeks back suggested the spirit could also strengthen your bones. Agavins also make you feel fuller.

Now, this doesn’t mean you can just replace sugars with agave syrup. But it does suggest you can liven up your diet drinking (that’s a real thing).

Some suggestions:

Drink it neat: You’ll get nearly the same complexity in an añejo or extra añejo tequila that you will in a good Scotch or bourbon. Casa Noble, Don Julio 1942, Avion Reserva … those are sippers that are easy to find. 

Replace your vodka: Blanco tequila, soda, lime. It’s about 95 calories and, unlike vodka, actually has both kick and flavor.

Follow our tequila cocktail guide: Sure, you’ll end up with some sugars, but a Manzanita Mule or a Paloma Reposado will keep your boozin’ (relatively) healthy.

Don’t do shots. You’re an adult. Get quality tequila and savor it.

Pair with fruit juice: Here’s a recipe that substitutes sugar with fresh fruit juices. 

No Panic Pomegranate Margarita
Sam Fuerstman, Michael Jordan’s Steak House N.Y.C.


.5 oz Fresh pomegranate juice
1 oz Fresh lime juice
2 oz. Casamigos Tequila
Salted rim


Rub the rim of the glass with the lime slice to make the salt stick to it. Shake the other ingredients with ice, and then carefully pour into the glass (taking care not to dislodge any salt).  Serve over ice.