Is Gin Good for Your Health?
Gin: The Facts
In recent years, gin has become one of the most consumed spirits in the world. Brits enjoyed 43 million bottles in the last year. Brits are now spending more money on gin than beer, while experts predict that British gin will become a more popular export than Scotch whisky by 2020. The global gin market was valued at over $14billion in 2020, and is projected to reach over $20billion by 2028.
Although there is much debate about whether it was originally a British or a Dutch creation, nowadays gin is the chosen spirit for many of the most popular cocktails and, of course, the classic Gin and Tonic.
Gin’s Antioxidant Basis
For the majority of us who wouldn’t know too much about gin other than it tastes really good, have you ever wondered what the primary ingredients are in a bottle of gin? You might be a little surprised to hear that the main ingredient in gin is, in fact, a superfood!
Gin is primarily made of juniper berries. Juniper berries act as a natural diuretic, and, even better, the herbs used to make gin are known for their role in aiding digestion, so you won’t be left with that bloated feeling that other drinks tend to give! Gin often also contains spices such as cinnamon and cardamom, and fruit, all of which can be good for you.
Antioxidants are often thrown into conversations about healthy ingredients, but not many people understand the benefits of them.
When it comes to gin, the antioxidants in juniper berries can help your body fight off infections and even make your skin look younger! They also contain flavonoids, a type of antioxidant that can improve circulation and reduce your risk of heart disease.
Gin, hayfever and those pesky coughs!
Juniper berries and plant botanicals have essential oils that give gin its classic smooth texture. This is the same texture that helps fight colds, but it’s very important to not refrigerate your bottle of gin, because the oils and fragrances change and the helpful effects diminish. The berries in gin act as a natural medicine that contains some antioxidants, and anti-fungal and anti-microbial properties. Gin can also be combined with various herbs and ginger to get you through that sore throat!
Whilst gin may not not be the most obvious hayfever remedy, according to Asthma UK, switching to gin in the summer could help to soothe your coughs and sneezes! Sounds crazy, I know, but the main theory behind this is that drinks like beer and cider have a higher histamine content due to their fermentation process, which often making hay fever symptoms worse. Therefore, opting for clear spirits like gin instead can, in a roundabout way, curb them. Either way, sounds like a pretty good excuse to have a nice, cold G&T in the summer!
Gin and Your Calorie Count
Although some people, in their efforts to lose weight, maintain that refraining from drinking alcohol is the best solution, gin may offer up a curveball to that theory! At a mere 97 calories per shot, gin is one of the least calorific spirits you could drink, explains this post from I Love Gin.
Even better, if you add a low-calorie tonic or lemonade to your gin, you could be hitting a far lower calorie count than you might expect – even less than a glass of wine, which only contains 160 calories itself!
Gin is also very low in sugar compared to other spirits, which is pretty good news for your waistline!
Overall, between the high antioxidant content, the health benefits involved and the low calorie and sugar content, it doesn’t sound like gin is such an unhealthy option after all!
So whilst gin may be alright for your help, we’re not quite sure that it will lower your health insurance premiums!!