tequila for your health

Why You Need to Drink More Tequila in 2017

There are many health benefits to drinking Tequila in moderation. Here’s some reasons to incorporate Tequila into your diet.

1. It helps control diabetes. Tequila helps lower blood sugar by triggering insulin production and therefore lowers blood sugar.

2. Fights off colds. We should note that this has been said about Whiskey too. While a shot of Tequila may be good, it is better if mixed with equal parts of agave nectar and lime juice. Half an ounce of each should work.

3. Fights cholesterol. Tequila helps lower triglycerides in blood levels. This, in turn, reduces of cholesterol levels.

4. Tequila helps your body absorb medicine more efficiently. When you take any drugs the acid in your stomach breaks them down before they reach your intestines which introduce them into the rest of the body, decreasing the drug’s effectiveness. Tequila acts like a protective barrier for these drugs as they work their way into your system.

tequila for your health

5. You can drink it straight without wanting to throw up afterward Have you ever tried throwing back straight shots of vodka? Chances are they’re coming right back up. When it comes to tequila, you can rest assured that it will sail smoothly down your throat.

6. Pain Reliever. Tequila helps to numb pain by dilating the blood vessels, which results in better blood flow, minimizing pain levels.

7. Cleans your colon. Researchers at Mexico’s University of Guadalajara claim that blue agave found in tequila helps deliver drugs to the colon, which helps to treat illnesses such as Crohn’s disease, colitis, IBS and even cancer.

8. Helps you rest. Just one or two shots of Tequila will relax you enough to drift off to sleep. Next time you can’t fall asleep, try sipping on some Don Julio.

It is important to remember that this advice is for tequila by itself. Having three or four margaritas or any cocktail that contains Tequila is not recommended and may even be more harmful. Always remember to drink Tequila in moderation.

how tequila is made

You’ve Come A Long Way Tequila: A Tasting Guide

No longer relagated to frat houses and twenty-something cheap margaritas, Tequila has come into its own. The quality of tequilas out there is quite good. Want to make sure you are getting a quality Tequila? Read on to learn the four different ways Tequila is categorized.

the four kinds of tequila

First let’s discuss the process of tequila making. Extracted from the blue agave plant, the liquid must be distilled twice: The first tequila that comes out of the copper distilling pots is called ordinario. Tequila at this stage cannot be consumed. When redistilled, it contains 55% alcohol by volume (ABV), and is called blanco. In order to cut down on the alcohol content, often times producers will add water.

Here’s a look at the four different kinds of Tequila and what foods you can pair them with:

Blanco: This is the result after tequila goes through the second distilling process. In Spanish, “blanco” means “white” and this tequila is a clear color as you might expect. The tequila should have citrus, honey and a floral taste.  Use this kind of tequila in your margarita and pair with ceviche.

Reposado:  Tequila that is aged in oak barrels between 2 months and a year is called resposado. Its color is a light golden to a full copper color. You should definitely be smelling and tasting the oak. Pair this style of tequila with items that you might pair a Chardonnay with (which is also aged in oak barrels). Such items might be chicken or fish.

Añejo: Oaked for one to three years. This one pours deep amber, like whisky. As you might expect there is a huge amount of oak present in this tequila. It pairs quite nicely with chocolate, especially a spicy chocolate or sea salt chocolate.  I could also see this pairing nicely with a dish made with mole sauce.

Extra añejo: At $300 a bottle and up, these are quite pricey because they are aged for at leasts three years , but often longer than that. The exquisite taste should be savored and sipped.  Make sure to share it with someone you love.