By James Madeiros
It’s hard to say that liquor can be healthy with a straight face, but when comparing liquors against one another it’s fair to say that some are healthier than others.
Sure, a shot of liquor can’t hold a candle to, say, a glass of milk or a fruit smoothie, but then it’s really not fair to compare a Ferrari to a farm tractor, either. It’s also not fair to compare liquor to other alcohol types, because they’re too different in terms of any supposed healthful aspects.
So, among the liquors in your cabinet, which ones stand out as the top three healthiest varieties?
1. Coconut Rum
Truth be told, there’s really only two ways you can measure liquor’s health benefits: by calories and by congeners (which contribute to hangovers). Typically, liquors with higher proofs have higher caloric content, which is how coconut rum rises to the top – at a friendly 51 calories per 1.5-ounce serving.
Light or clear liquors have fewer congeners than dark liquors, which mean the potential for a hangover is less. Some gins also have comparatively fewer calories than other clear liquors, so you’re getting a twofer with this liquor choice – lower calories and fewer congeners.
What you sacrifice in extra congeners in whiskey you make up for in flavor and the caloric content is often the same as gin. Drink it on the rocks and avoid sugary mixers and it’s even better for you than … well … it’s just better for you that way.
Legal Stuff: We should remind everyone that our blog entries are for your information only and are not intended as medical advice. If you’re going to drink, do it legally and responsibly; don’t be stupid =).