If you are of legal age and want to responsibility indulge in an alcoholic beverage or two some nights, that is perfectly fine. There are studies out there that allege that a glass of red wine is actually good for our health!
However, I don’t think anybody was arguing that taking shots of tequila was doing our bodies any big favors -- until now.
Per Metro, the Los Angeles wellness crowd is now saying that tequila -- yes, the alcohol you drank on that one night that you hardly remember, but really, really would like to forget -- being gluten-free and also vegan, is… healthy?
More specifically, the purest type of tequila made from 100% agave, blanco tequila, is in, because it doesn’t give you a hangover.
Hello darkness my old friend:
I guess the idea is that you can drink your fill of tequila, party all night, and then feel well enough to hit the gym and your wheatgrass-smoothies the next morning with ease.
“We have a lot of trainers and fitness gurus who come in and drink every day,” Jason Eisner, director at a trendy vegan Hollywood bar, Gracias Madre, told The Cut. “The way they’re able to do that is to stick to pure agave spirits.
“As long as you stay hydrated and don’t drink, like, a whole bottle, you’re fine. Not hungover.”
Have you ever wondered, for instance, why after a night of drinking whiskey you feel so much worse than after a night of drinking vodka?
According to a study published in Alcoholism: Clinical & Experimental Research, congeners -- a chemical that gets produced during alcohol’s fermentation process, which occurs particularly in barrel-aged drinks like wine, whiskey and brandy -- increase the severity of any given hangover.
Pure tequila, as opposed to normal mixed tequilas, do not have as many congeners or sugars. Thus, minimal hangovers.
As for the argument on whether or not the drink is beneficial to your health (as opposed to just not hangover-inducing), while it is true that the blue agave plant has been found to contain certain sugars that help lower blood-sugar levels, there’s no proof that finished tequila has those effects too.