Are you craving a margarita in this cold weather? While a tangy, salty adult beverage might hit the spot, too much salt is bad for your body (not to mention a typical margarita can be up to 550 calories per drink).
Salt can increase your blood pressure, a major factor in strokes, heart failure and heart attacks. There is also evidence that hypertension leads to stomach cancer, osteoporosis, obesity, kidney stones, kidney disease, vascular dementia and water retention. Salt can also worsen the symptoms of asthma and diabetes.
While small amounts of salt are essential for good health, most American adults consume much more than the recommended one gram per day. Salt doesn’t directly cause weight gain, but most salty foods are processed and contain high amounts of fat and sugar. Eating salty foods can increase “water weight” and make you feel bloated.
When you’re craving this traditional Mexican drink, don’t ruin your New Year’s resolution. Skip the salt, and have a better margarita with this recipe! Combine five cups of ice, the juice from two squeezed lemons and two squeezed limes, three tablespoons of agave nectar, four ounces of your favorite tequila and four ounces of water. This delicious drink rings in at only 132 calories! You can also use creative substitutes to rim your margarita glass, including sugar substitutes like Stevia or Truvia, Pop Rocks, chocolate, honey, fine chili powder and brown sugar.
Legal Stuff: We should remind everyone that our blog entries are for your information only and are not intended as medical advice. If you’re going to drink, do it legally and responsibly; don’t be stupid =).