7 Incredible Health Benefits of Tequila

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Tequila is one of the most popular liquors in the world, famed for its key role in legendary cocktails and its strong cultural roots, but it also has certain health benefits that many people don’t know about!

What is Tequila?

Tequila is a popular type of liquor made from the blue agave plant, and limited in terms of production to the Jalisco region of Mexico. The extracted agave juice is allowed to ferment, which eventually leads to alcohol forming in the liquid. The name itself comes from the town of Tequila, where a large percentage of production still occurs. It is often confused with mezcal and is indeed a type of mezcal, but mezcal can be made from any type of agave. Tequila also happens to be a key ingredient in the margarita, a cocktail enjoyed by many!

Types of Tequila

There are more than 300 different types of tequila on the market, and they range in color from completely pure to a dark brown color. The aroma is similarly diverse, depending on what type of alcohol you are consuming. There are four main types of tequila:

  • Blanco – A pure white or clear spirit that has been allowed to age for less than 2 months
  • Reposado – Aged between 2 months and 1 year in oak barrels
  • Anejo – Aged between 1 year and 3 years in oak barrels
  • Extra Anejo – Aged for at least 3 years

Nutrition Facts

Alcoholic beverage, tequila sunrise, canned
Serving Size :
NutrientValue
Water [g]78.8
Energy [kcal]110
Protein [g]0.3
Total lipid (fat) [g]0.1
Carbohydrate, by difference [g]11.3
Fiber, total dietary [g]0
Calcium, Ca [mg]0
Iron, Fe [mg]0.02
Magnesium, Mg [mg]7
Phosphorus, P [mg]10
Potassium, K [mg]10
Sodium, Na [mg]57
Zinc, Zn [mg]0.6
Vitamin C, total ascorbic acid [mg]19.3
Thiamin [mg]0.04
Riboflavin [mg]0.02
Niacin [mg]0.19
Vitamin B-6 [mg]0.05
Folate, DFE [µg]11
Vitamin B-12 [µg]0
Vitamin A, RAE [µg]5
Vitamin A, IU [IU]97
Fatty acids, total trans [g]0
Cholesterol [mg]0
Sources include : USDA

Tequila Nutrition

When it comes to nutrition, this liquor contains only 64 calories per shot, as compared to nearly 100 calories in a shot of vodka. Furthermore, you are less likely to require sugar-heavy mixers with this alcohol, as it has a natural sweetness, thus reducing your average calorie intake with this type of cocktail. This Mexican favorite is also gluten-free, making it ideal for celiac patients. There are also agavins and fructans in tequila, unique compounds that have various effects on our health.

In terms of alcohol content, this liquor typically ranges from 32%-60%.

Health Benefits of Tequila

There are a number of surprising health benefits of tequila, including its ability to do the following:

  • Regulate blood sugar levels
  • Improve digestion
  • Weight loss
  • Minimize hangover symptoms
  • Prevent dementia
  • Prevent nausea
  • Boost immunity

Weight Loss

Being lower in calories than most other forms of liquor, this Mexican specialty can help you lose weight by shaving some calories off your daily or weekly intake of alcohol.

Digestion

Research has shown that this spirit is able to stimulate the activity of probiotics in the gut, and thanks to the yeast present in this alcohol, it can help balance the bacterial environment in your gut.

Diabetes

The fructans present in this alcohol have been proven to slow down the release of glucose into the bloodstream, which improves the symptoms of diabetes, as per a study published in the Journal of Diabetes and its Complications.

Dementia

Some studies claim that the agavins and other active ingredients in this alcohol can help to stimulate neural activity and slow the onset of neurodegenerative diseases.

Insomnia

Like many alcohols, tequila is a depressant, in the sense that it will make it easier for the body to wind down and sleep; however, excessive consumption can cause unhealthy, unconscious sleep, so consume in moderation.

Hangover

As opposed to many other types of alcohol, it is believed that this liquor minimizes many side effects of a hangover.

Immune System

Popular natural remedies for the common cold and flu include the use of lime and tequila.

How to Make Tequila?

For those who truly love this alcohol, it is possible to make your own tequila at home, but it can be an involved process. Let’s take a look at the recipe below.

Three tequila glasses kept atop a wooden table with lemon slices cut and kept next to the glasses
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Tequila Recipe

A time-intensive procedure to make your favorite drink!
Course: Alcoholic drink
Cuisine: Mexican
Keyword: Tequila
Appliance: Fermenting Vat
Servings: 1 liter
Author: Ishani Bose

Ingredients

  • 15 pounds of agave plant

Instructions

  • To make tequila, first, you must harvest the agave from one of the limited regions where blue agave plants grow in Mexico.
  • You will need to cook the agave and then crush the agave hearts, which mills and squeezes the juice that is necessary for the production of the alcohol.
  • You must then store a large amount of agave juice in a fermenting vat until the alcohol begins to form.
  • At this point, you can store the alcohol in large oak barrels and allow them to age for anywhere between two months and five years.

Notes

Basically, it is possible to make your own, but given the time-intensive nature of production, people normally leave it to the professionals. It takes 8 to 20 years (in some cases) to make a bottle of tequila.

Tequila Side Effects

    If consumed in excess, tequila will result in the following:

    • Potential nausea
    • Dizziness
    • Lack of coordination
    • Dehydration
    • Constipation
    • Headaches
    • Vomiting
    • Body aches
    • Weakness

    Essentially, tequila is a form of alcohol that can get you drunk, and while hangovers are less likely, excessive consumption will definitely result in a painful morning.

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    John Staughton is a traveling writer, editor, and publisher who earned his English and Integrative Biology degrees from the University of Illinois in Champaign, Urbana (USA). He is the co-founder of a literary journal, Sheriff Nottingham, and calls the most beautiful places in the world his office. On a perpetual journey towards the idea of home, he uses words to educate, inspire, uplift and evolve.

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