Though there are health benefits to it, calling mezcal healthy may be a stretch. No liquor is really healthy, but some are certainly better than others. Mezcal is at the top of the list of healthier spirits available in the US. Let’s take a look at few health questions we’ve heard:
Does Mezcal Give You a Hangover?
Always follow The Golden Rule when drinking mezcal: treat mezcal the way you want to be treated. Slamming Monte Alban shots and PBR tall boys will always make you feel miserable the next day. However, casually sipping El Jolgorio Tobala or Rey Campero Madre-Cuishe may give you better results. Sipping mezcal in such a fashion typically means you’re drinking much slower. It’s also common to mix the liquor with intermittent sips of water or small bites of fruit or cheese. These additional factors help to lessen the impact of drinking 100+ proof liquor for hours on end.
Mezcal is made from 100% distilled agave, making it all-natural and additive-free. Tequila is also made from agave, but it only needs to be 51% agave in order to be sold as tequila in the US. This means that unless you’re drinking 100% agave tequila, which is pricey, there’s a good chance you’re drinking up to 49% additive crap. These additives almost always guarantee a hangover.
Health guru Dave Asprey of Bulletproof recommends drinking clear spirits if you are on a strict diet, yet want to enjoy alcohol. He lists tequila in the top three recommended after vodka and gin. If he only knew about mezcal! Not only is all mezcal 100% agave (unlike tequila), but additives are not allowed making it an even better option than tequila. Check out his blog and infographic
Is Mezcal a Stimulant?
Technically, all alcohol is a depressant, but calling mezcal a stimulant is not completely off-base. Mezcal can give you a euphoric and energized feeling. Some sources point to its mild hallucinogenic properties as a primary cause for this elation. A more likely reason for this is that mezcal is pure. There aren’t any additives or sweeteners, and it has zero carbs. Rather than feeling heavy and belligerent, like after drinking 12 Dale’s Pale Ales, mezcal drinkers feel light, awake, and agile after 12 pours.
Some also claim mezcal is an aphrodisiac, and that it can be used in love potion cocktails. Though it’s mostly myth surrounding these claims, many mezcal mixed drinks contain herbs and flowers, like Cardamom and Saffron, which are aphrodisiacs.
Does Mezcal Make You Smarter?
No, but knowing a lot about mezcal makes people think you are.
Is Mezcal Healthy?
Many cultures traditionally take a shot before eating, known as an aperitif, which stimulates the appetite. A digestif after a meal is also common in many cultures. Using mezcal as an aperitif and digstif is nothing new. It helps with digestion, as well as the regulation of blood sugars. Mezcal is also naturally gluten-free.
The agave plant has many documented health benefits, but the extent of which found in mezcal is still largely unknown. For example, agave contains saponins. According to Jonny Bowden, author of The Healthiest Foods on Earth , saponins can help lower cholesterol levels. Bowden also notes that saponins can inhibit the growth of cancerous tumors. So that’s good.
In the end, it all comes down to moderation. Drinking a glass of wine is good for you, just like drinking a glass of mezcal is good for you. Drinking an entire bottle, however, could do damage to anyone and it’ll lead to an unhealthy lifestyle.
Milton1 year ago
I do not believe a liquor’s purity can account for euphoria. Tequila and other forms of Mezcal obviously have an as yet unidentified psychoactive component. The effects of this mystery drug seem to be very similar to those of theobromine (the predominant stimulant in cocoa).
tony1 year ago
Hi Milton, you definitely right, it has strong stimulant effect on me, making me feel better and hyperactive next day. I noticed the agave type is also a factor , I noticed espadin one of the best , do you know a better one?
Ella2 years ago
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Daniel3 years ago
I just enjoyed my first swallow of mezcal. I can still taste it 5 minutes later. The taste is so distinct. Earthy, smokey, like sitting outside in the desert around a small fire late at night, getting drowsey, ruminating, getting ready to drift off to la la land, eyes heavy….
Al1 year ago
Mezcal is the spirit of the gods.. you will also find as you explore mezcal that some are less smokey than others. There are a lot of different production methods and techniques