July 24th is International Tequila Day! Here’s why making Mexico’s finest beverage your tipple of choice could actually give your body a boost.
To be clear, we’re not suggesting anyone knocks back a line of tequila shots in celebration of World Tequila Day and expects to feel fantastic but…
Here at Hunter & Barrel, we’ve looked a little further into the agave-based spirit we love to barrel age – and are impressed with some of its lesser known assets!
It’s good for our bones
Tequila, it turns out, has one very important health benefit. Scientists at the Center for
Research and Advanced Studies in Mexico conducted a study a few years ago that found tequila can enhance the absorption of calcium in the body. Therefore, it is very good for our bones. In the study, mice who ingested fructans from blue agave produced nearly 50% more osteocalcin – a protein that indicates the production of new bone – than mice who did not.
It aids digestion
Drinking a high-quality distilled spirit like tequila after a hearty meal makes an ideal digestif. The agave plant contains high amounts of inulin, which is a substance that aids the digestive system by growing good bacteria. Hunter & Barrel’s signature cocktail La Vida Loca, includes our unique recipe barrel-aged tequila, citrus cordial and agave syrup – the perfect partner for any Hunter feast!
It’s a probiotic booster
Probiotics are live bacteria and yeasts that are good for our health, especially the digestive
system. They help to keep our bodies balanced and promote a healthy digestive tract. Some
of the fructans tequila is derived from actually supply these ‘good’ bacterias but, as with anything that’s good for us, the benefits only appear when tequila is consumed in small amounts.
It lowers sugar levels
Good news for diabetes sufferers and those looking to cut back on the sweet stuff. Researchers at the American Chemical Society found that tequila can help to lower sugar levels in the blood. They discovered that agavina, which is a sugar that comes from the agave plant and is used to produce tequila, triggers insulin production. This in turn lowers blood sugar.
Find out where we keep our tequila, and more premium and barrel-aged drinks, by taking a
look at the Hunter & Barrel Beverage Menu below.
And don’t forget our extra-long, extra-generous daily happy hour, the 3 O’clock Beverage Club, available at all Hunter & Barrel locations.