An article about the supposed health benefits of tequila has gotten the SheKnows editors talking lately. Apparently, tequila is starting to get a reputation as the healthier liquor. We all started swapping stories — everyone seems to know someone who claims they never get hangovers from tequila. One editor admits she's ditched brown liquors and only drinks tequila.
But is this idea that it's actually good for us just wishful thinking?
The important thing to point out is that when we talk about tequila as a healthy drink we're talking about blanco or silver tequila. Your "gold" tequilas have sugar (like corn syrup) added, and aged tequilas have traces of other alcohol from the used barrels they're aged in.
So we're not talking your frothy frozen margaritas from a machine or even those shots of Jose Cuervo Gold.
That said, let's look into the case for and against tequila blanco as a healthy-ish beverage.
Why tequila blanco could be good for you
Why thinking of tequila as a health beverage is delusional
Let's face it. Are you even drinking tequila neat? Because once you add the sugary triple sec and who knows what other margarita fixings, it's starting to look more like a boozy dessert.
In our conversations about tequila there was one thing everyone seemed to agree on: Tequila makes you do boozy things because, oh, yeah, it's booze. As one editor put it, "It might be good for you, but it always leads to bad decisions." And it's not even that good for you.
Tequila as a health beverage is dead. Long live tequila! Come on, why are we always looking for health benefits to booze? It's like our never-ending quest for healthy desserts. That's madness. I think the bottom line is, blanco tequila does seem to minimize your risk for hangovers. Otherwise, drink tequila in moderation just like with any other alcohol.
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