Tequila Expert Guide

If hangovers are your nemesis, tequila may your new friend. The purity of tequila – at least, the white, unaged 100% variety–leaves less damage the next day.

This is because that, without sugary syrups and wood aging, there’s less chance of ‘congeners’, the types of chemical impurities that rough up your system and increase the hangover pain.

Pure tequila is also tasty on its own, meaning you can cut the headache-causing sugars from mixers, or with a lime-juice or a tomato-based chaser.

Tequila is also thought to aid digestion after a big meal and promote prebiotic growth, due to the high presence of inulin and fructans, substances known to aid the digestive system by encouraging good bacteria.

Tequila reportedly has power to lower blood sugar and cholesterol, based on the presence of ‘agavina’, a particular kind of sugar from the leaf. Agavins trigger insulin production and lower triglycerides – effectively, cholesterol. They are thought to help weight loss by keeping the stomach fuller longer and keeping blood sugars down, so have a tequila before a meal. Fructans are also thought to promote bone health by boosting calcium absorption from food.

 On the topic of pain, tequila is also thought to help with numbing. You supposedly feel lessening pain as the tequila eases up blood vessels transport more blood to all parts of you body. And, if the Mexican saying is true and tequila is the solution when ‘no other remedy will do’, it’s also pretty good for emotional pain as well. Salud! (Cheers!)

It certainly adds more reason to support the makers of tequila and the Mexican culture that is inherent to each glass.

How many calories and carbs in a shot of Tequila?

A 1-ounce shot is around 65 calories, similar to vodka but lower than some other alcohols, such as a glass of wine (100 calories), full-strength bear (155 calories), or a gin and tonic (200 calories). It is higher in carbohydrates, though, around 5g for a tequila shot compared to 0g for vodka.

While Tequila is made from sugar, the agavins are non-digestible and don’t raise blood sugar, according to Mexican researches (not the same as more renown agave syrup). Pure tequila is also pretty tasty, meaning you can cut the calories by drinking it straight, unlike some other alcohols.

Is Tequila gluten free?

Tequila gets a thumbs for celiac sufferers and those avoiding gluen, although this is only guaranteed if the tequila is 100% blue agave. If it is a mixto type (51% agave), you should check the label for what other sugars are used. Most premium brands are safe, like Don Juilo, 1800 or Patron.

What is the alcohol percentage of Tequila?

Tequila ranges between 31–55% alcohol content (62–110 US proof), averaging around 38–40%. It is normally watered down to meet local restrictions, for example, in the US, tequila must be 80 Proof (40%),