Which Spirit should you indulge in if you want a break from your routine?

Why do we clink glasses and toast before drinking?


Banging of wooden mugs or metal bowls of liquor is a medieval custom of spilling each others drink into the others mug, to make sure that no one tried to spike the other's drink with poison, sailors did it, guests in a tavern would do it too.
The host of a meal would drink from the bottle for the guests first and then all would clink glasses to ensure the host didn't spike their drink. The level of trust was absolutely measly back in the days, but with time the custom became a cheerful custom of showing trust, honesty and a toast to good health.

Sticking to your workout routine and strict diet doesn't mean you can't indulge in a little fun and party once in a while

But the point is, what to drink and still not lose all the gains of the week?

Which liquor has the least calories? Do we unknowingly end up consuming carbohydrates and fats too?

First of all, if you want to drink, drink distilled spirits like Vodka and Whiskey, because distilled spirits don't contain carbohydrates and fats.

To choose between the different distilled spirits, go through the calorific values of each and Vodka wins hands down.

So let's sit back and talk Vodka again. To begin with, pray do not limit your Vodka to Martinis, Mules and Bloody Maries. Vodka is much more than that in fact Vodka's origin was for medicinal use, and to this day this spirit continues to have several health benefits.

The reference of Vodka in Ukranian comes as the word Horilka, which is a derivative of the Polish for Vodka as it is today, Gorzalka.

Horilka, written in Cyrillic, appeared first in 1533, it was about some medicinal drink that was brought from Poland to Russia by Russian merchants and in its history of early use in Russia, this spirit was mostly used as medicine there too.

In Poland, every landowner had their own version of vodka and they varied as much in taste as cognac produced in different regions of France do. Due to it's medicinal origin vodka found its place in all social ceremonies, births, marriages, deaths and every other religious celebration was rounded up with a toast of Vodka.

All these had a reason, Vodka indeed has several health benefits if consumed in moderation, even if we brush aside the medicinal benefits, the fact that vodka is the only spirit with zero fat and cholesterols, makes for a good reason to opt for Vodka over other spirits if you want to get drunk and still stay fit.

Remember, that, mixing Vodka with sugary mixes will kill the purpose of choosing Vodka over others.

Vodka Nutrition Information

One fluid ounce of vodka (80 proof) contains:

Calories: 64
Fat: 0 grams
Cholesterol: 0 milligrams
Sodium: 0 milligrams
Carbohydrates: 0 grams
Fiber: 0 grams
Sugar: 0 grams
Protein: 0 grams

Like any other alcoholic beverage, Vodka has absolutely no nutritional benefits, but has several medical benefits and for your cheat day, you may rest assured that it's a ZERO FAT, ZERO CARBOHYDRATE drink with about 64 calories be fluid oz.

It might feel strange that how can Vodka be Zero Carbohydrates, when it's made from Carbohydrate rich potato or wheat. The fact is that the carbohydrates get removed during repeated distillation and filtration.

So yes, as we have already discussed in other articles, that, Vodka in moderation, which means 1 to 2 drinks a day, can actually prevent Heart Diseases, Ischemic Stroke and Diabetes but of course more validations are required of this relation between moderate drinking and health benefits.

But, there is no doubt that, if you want to enjoy a few drinks over the weekend, Vodka is your drink of choice. But only in moderation, since if you binge drink, the alcohol will still slow down your kidney and you end up processing less of the rest of the food you consumed and your blood stream carries these unprocessed fats and cholesterols until they are cleared over the due course of the week.

So yes, drink Vodka if you want, but in moderation.


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