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Wednesday, January 28, 2015

WEDNESDAY'S MID-WEEK RANT: Don't Believe Everything You Read

I recently came across an article titled...

"Your Dreams Have Come True: Tequila Is Actually Proven To Help Weight Loss"(click to view article)

In this article the author claimed...

"Based on a recent study, tequila can aid in weight loss.

Yes, you read that correctly. TEQUILA WILL HELP YOU LOSE WEIGHT.

Not only will it assist in the weight loss process, but it will also help to lower blood sugar.  This is amazing news for people suffering from type-2 Diabetes."

The author then continues to discuss what the study actually found.  Not that tequila will help weight loss; but that agavina, a sugar found in the agave plant (which is used to make tequila), has been shown to aid in weight loss in mice.

This is a perfect example of a blogger trying to get views.  The problem is, it worked!  Last I checked, it had 803,000 "likes" on Facebook.  I really hope those 803,000 people don't actually believe this headline.  The sad truth is, they probably do.  They will be ordering tequila the next time they are out with friends claiming "it will help me lose weight!"

Not all articles on this subject are so irresponsible.  The following article from "TIME" is very well done...

"Study: Sugars found In Tequila Could Help You Lose Weight"(Click to view article)

In this article the author says...

"A type of natural sugar called agavins come from the agave plant, which can be used to make tequila. These sugars (which are not the same as in the more commonly known agave syrup) are non-digestible and do not raise blood sugar, according to Mexican researchers."

This author lets the reader know, right away, that it's not tequila itself that will aid in weight loss, but the sugar found in the agave plant.  Trying to say tequila will aid you in weight loss is a huge leap from what this study actually says.

Be careful when reading about health and fitness.  You have to dig deeper than just the headlines.  Actually look at the study they are discussing.  Never take what someone writes at face value.

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