Whisky is not called "water of life" for no reason. Yes, Whisky is actually good for you! This is especially true of Scotch Whisky, which carries some meaningful health benefits. Of course, you won’t receive any of these if you go on a bender.
 
But at lower, moderate quantities, science says it might be beneficial for you. Scotch has been praised by real life, not on commission, health experts, for its ability to lower the risk of dementia, prevent heart attacks, blood clots, strokes, and even fight cancer.

A lot of this is down to the ellagic acid found in Whisky, a potent antioxidant. Also, Whisky has been drunk as a digestif for centuries. Who are we to argue?


Is Scotch good for weight loss?

It probably won't sabotage your diet. In a Scotch, which is 50% alcohol, we’re talking about 80 calories per 35ml.

Scotch contains no fat and barely any sugar, carbohydrates, or salt, making it one of the lowest-calorie alcoholic drinks one can have, and thus a drink that's not going to ruin any attempts you may have to lose weight.

Scotch is also a better choice for people with diabetes than most other alcohol, as it will barely change blood glucose levels. Of course, if you start messing around with mixers like cherry coke, grenadine syrup, and sugared sprigs, the calory count of your drink will change considerably.



If your mind is still set on mixed drinks, we recommend going for something simple, like Highball - a delicious Whisky cocktail made just with soda and lemon. Besides, you can get this boozy refreshment in a can. Haiball, Flaviar’s Hard seltzer for Whisky lovers with low ABV, contains zero sugar, zero carbs, and 100%  amazing flavor. A perfect alternative to enjoying Scotch, and you are less likely to munch away on a bag of potato chips.

Is Scotch gluten-free?

The honest answer is probably. Even though Scotch is made from barley, a gluten grain, the distillation process removes most of these gluten proteins. Most Scotches are safe for people with celiac disease; however, be on the lookout for hidden gluten in Scotch brands that may add flavorings or other additives after distillation.


Is Scotch good for a cold?

It’s been known in Scotland for a long time, but Scotch does help fight colds (even if just a little bit). Everyone here knows that Hot Toddies - Whisky mixed with hot water, lemon, and honey can be quite good for you. 



The science behind it is that the alcohol dilates blood vessels, making it easier for mucus membranes to deal with the infection. So if you do find yourself so congested that you cannot sleep at night, then, by all means, do consider making yourself a Hot Toddy, which is an age-old remedy.

Could you live longer if you drink Scotch every day?

According to Mary Nicholson, who has survived the coronavirus twice and just celebrated her 106th birthday, “a tipple of Whisky at night” is a secret to long life.


 
Well, we're sold! In the end, as long as you don’t overdo it, it really can’t hurt, now can it?
 
Want to put your knowledge into practice? Check out this list of the Best Scotch to drink in 2021