By Steven Ashton

Is Whiskey Healthy?
Nutritional profile:
.04 g carbs
0 g fat
0 g protein
More ellagic acid than wine (Comes from the oak species used in barrels for maturation)
Also contains several other phenolic compounds that act as antioxidants including:
whiskey lactone, acetovanillone, and furfural.

Whiskey derives from the Gaelic word “Uisege Beatha“, meaning “water of life”. And you can’t live without water!A derivative such as this is not odd for the Irish and Scottish since they have been drinking whiskey for  the last 400-500 years. There is documented truth behind this:

  • Whiskey consists of mostly alcohol and almost no macro nutrients so what makes it good for you? Probably the most important nutrient contained in whiskey and especially single malt is Ellagic acid. This is a phenolic compound that is a powerful antioxidant. Ellagic acid is also found in many fruits and vegetables but don’t forget about the emotional and social stimulus from consuming whiskey in moderation.
  • For the GMO conscience there are currently only 2 large US distilleries producing non-GMO whiskey and they are Wild Turkey and Four Roses. Many other small craft distilleries are coming online and they mostly use organic ingredients.

Check out these other possible benefits from consuming whiskey in small to moderate amounts:

  • Lowers chance of stroke and dementia
  • Can lower cancer and heart disease risk
  • Used for generations over the last 400-500 years.

Links to articles for more detailed info:

The Telegraph:Whisky ‘helps fight cancer’

BBC News:It’s for medicinal purposes, honest…

Whiskey and Spirits For Dummies

Daily Mail:The good tipple guide

Beyond Alzheimer’s: How to Avoid the Modern Epidemic of Dementia

The Science of Drinking: How Alcohol Affects Your Body and Mind By Amitava Dasgupta

The Science of Healthy Drinking by Gene Ford

NY Daily News:Bottoms up! Heavy alcohol consumption gives brain dose of extra energy, study finds