August 16th is National Rum Day, and to mark the occasion we’re celebrating with a round of health benefits of rum – Mojito in hand. It turns out there’s some truth to the whole “Yo-ho-ho and a bottle of rum” after all. Hundreds of years ago, when the sugar trade industry was a big thing in Europe, colonies were established around the Caribbean for growing sugar cane. The production of sugar created a ton of byproduct, namely thick molasses. There didn’t seem to be much use for the sticky, sweet substance until some smart person figured out that molasses could be fermented and then distilled. The alcohol quickly caught on with pirates, sailors and a ton of Latino uncle…the rest is as they say, history.
If you’re watching your waistline, a Caipirinah or Cojito (Mojito with coconut rum) is a good bet at happy hour. A 1.5-ounce shot of rum contains about 100 calories and zero carbs, fat and sugar.
Studies have linked moderate consumption (defined as one to three drinks per day) of the spirit to longevity. Generally, 1.5-ounces of rum would count as one drink. While the reasons aren’t clear, imbibing in moderation is associated with the lowest mortality rates in alcohol studies.