The weekend is here, and we’re about ready to toast to its arrival with a little gin & tonic.  While we hardly need an excuse to enjoy a g&t, new research published in the journal Food & Nature suggests your favourite cocktail could actually be good for your health.  According to Yahoo! Style, a recent study has found that gin might actually speed up your metabolism and help your body burn calories more efficiently.

Researchers from the University of Sigulda in Latvia gave two groups of mice the equivalent of one shot of gin or water, and then measured their calorie-burning potential. The group who were given gin saw a massive 17% increase in their metabolic rate while those who received water saw no change.

“Consumption of gin resulted in a marked increase in metabolic rate, which indicates the spirit may have a slimming effect on the body,” says study author professor Thisa Lye. This study suggests gin could cause an “afterburn” effect that revs your metabolism for up to an hour after consumption while your liver processes the alcohol.

Of course, more peer-reviewed research on humans is needed to substantiate the claim, but it’s promising news for anyone who loves a good gin and tonic. We’ll cheers to that!

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