Gin’s a bloody brilliant invention, isn’t it? It’s arguably the world’s most refreshing beverage, equally perfect for hot summery afternoons in the pub garden as it is for drowning your sorrows at the end of a long day.
But aside from its delicious taste, it looks like gin could also be good for those of us who are on an eternal diet, as it’s been suggested that it could speed up the metabolism – which might just be the best news ever.
According to a study undertaken by the University of Sigulda in Latvia, your favourite tipple may actually speed up your metabolism and help your body burn calories more efficiently.
In order to conduct their research, the scientists from the university gave two separate groups of mice the equivalent of one shot of either gin or water. After doing this, they measured the mice’s potential for burning calories.
Surprisingly, the mice who’d necked a shot of gin saw an impressive increase of 17 percent in their metabolic rate. Meanwhile, those who’d been given water saw no change.
Explaining the experiment’s findings, study author Thisa Lye said: “Consumption of gin resulted in a marked increase in metabolic rate, which indicates the spirit may have a slimming effect on the body.”
Say no more, Thisa. We can be friends.
But before you start pouring yourself quadruple measures of the good stuff, let’s just have a wee think about the science behind it.
The findings behind the study seem to suggest that drinking gin spurs on some sort of ‘afterburn’ effect, which could ramp up your metabolism’s speed for up to an hour after consumption.
Unfortunately, more peer-reviewed research is needed on us human folk before we can officially start the gin diet, but if they do need any volunteers, we’ll be at the front of the queue.
And if you want to put all of these exciting new findings into practice, then why not become a gin taster?
Yep, that’s now a real thing, as Testers Keepers recently announced that it was looking for willing participants to taste new flavours of Gordon’s gin.
The new flavours up for grabs include Premium Pink, which was inspired by the original Gordon’s recipe dating back to 1880. According to the distiller, this new gin ropes in the natural sweetness of raspberries and strawberries for a ‘more accessible way’ to enjoy a G&T.
Anyone who fancies taste testing the new flavours can apply here – the deadline for applications is 31 March.
by Rachel Pugh