Drinking rum is not only a wonderful way to enjoy a tropical vacation, but it can also provide a number of health benefits.
What is Rum?
Rum is a type of alcohol that is made from byproducts of sugarcane and is primarily produced in the Caribbean, as well as Central America and Mexico, among many others. This gluten-free alcohol is typically sweet and bitter with a burnt taste, and comes in two main types, light and dark, based on the aging process. Although the exact origins of rum are not known, it has been widely produced in the Caribbean for more than 500 years. It plays an important cultural role in many tropical areas, but it also has an unfortunate part in history, as it was a central element of the slave trade.
The alcohol content of rum ranges from 40 to 60%; this alcohol is also very popular in tropical cocktails as well as common drinks, such as rum and coke. As with most other types of alcohol, it can be perfectly healthy when consumed in moderation, and may even provide a number of surprising health benefits.
In terms of nutrition, a 1-ounce serving of 80 proof rum contains approximately 65 calories and zero carbs, which is similar to other hard alcohols with the same alcohol content. It also contains minimal amounts of potassium and sodium. Certain varieties come at a higher proof, which also increases their calorie count.
Although there are not many nutrients in rum, there are a number of health benefits attributed to drinking this popular alcoholic beverage, including reducing muscle pain, preventing common cold and osteoporosis, and lowering your risk of cancer.
- Improving heart health by lowering blood pressure and relaxing the body
- Reducing the risk of common cold
- Boosting longevity through mild antioxidant and anti-inflammatory effects
- Strengthening the immune system
- Preventing arthritis
- Acting as an antiseptic
- Reducing your risk of gallstones
- Preventing mental diseases, such as Alzheimer’s and Parkinson’s
- Managing diabetic symptoms, when consumed in moderation
- Decreasing muscle pain due to its sedative nature
Rum can be used in many ways in our daily life, both as an alcohol and an ingredient in culinary preparations. The sweet flavor of this alcohol makes it a popular addition to the following:
- Ice cream
- Baked goods
Most popularly, however, rum is found in cocktails such as Piña coladas and daiquiris.
There are a number of side effects when drinking this beverage, primarily when consumed in excess. These side effects include the following:
Some people also claim to have a higher rate of heartburn and indigestion when consuming this beverage. As with any other alcoholic beverage, binge-drinking can increase your chances of liver cancer and cirrhosis. Consuming rum in moderation should always be practiced.