9 Surprising Uses For Tequila

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Read on for unusual uses for tequila.

Stimulates Appetite

Tequila might actually help to stimulate appetite and aid digestion. According to Forbes, experts claim that a shot before lunch can rev up the appetite, and another one after a large dinner helps digestion.

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Potential Energy Source

A study from University of Oxford suggests that one day cars could be powered by tequila! Researchers believe that tequila could potentially replace gasoline as the ideal biofuel.

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Lower Diabetes Risk

Tequila is made from the agave plant, which is a natural form of sugar that could help lower blood sugar levels.

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Weight Loss Supplement

Agave has been found to actually lower cholesterol. However, it's diluted after being distilled in alcohol, so it won't be as effective when consumed through tequila.

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Good For Cooking

It's not unusual to cook with wine, but tequila can add a distinctive flavor to a variety of dishes as well. According to Jimmy Shaw, owner of Loteria Grill in Los Angeles, the flavors that make tequila-based drinks taste great can do the same for your food.

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Cold and Flu Remedy

Mexican doctors used to prescribe a drink made of tequila blanco, agave nectar and lime juice to their patients in the 1930s. Agave can help to relieve sore throats and even kill bacteria. Lime juice is filled with vitamin C, a known cold-fighter.

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Aids Relaxation

A small glass of tequila could help you to relax after a long day. It can even help to induce drowsiness before bedtime—but it's probably not a good idea to make a habit of using it as a sleep aid!

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Synthetic Diamonds

In 2008, scientists realized that tequila could help form synthetic diamonds. The researchers heated up 80-proof tequila and combined it with silicon. The combination created diamond films, which are ideal for appliances like electrical insulators or even one large fake diamond.

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Benefits Colon

Blue agave has been found to benefit the colon. By transporting drugs to the colon, blue agave can help to treat colitis, Crohn's disease, IBS and even cancer.

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You know the saying, "One tequila, two tequila, three tequila, floor!" While tequila is frequently maligned for its potent hangover ability, the alcohol has been found to have some unexpected health benefits, as well as other interesting uses. Tequila is derived from the agave plant, which has been shown to lower cholesterol and even help with diabetes. We might even be fueling cars with the alcohol one day...

So when life brings you lemons, grab the tequila and salt!

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