Hate Cilantro? Your Genes are to Blame

Cilantro is an herb used in many meals, including many of our dishes here at Mad Dog & Beans. Some people pack it onto their food and others avoid it as much as possible. So why are there so many cilantrophobes but many cilantro lovers? If you’re one the many people that absolutely cannot stand cilantro, it might be genetic.

People often say that they dislike cilantro because it gives off a soapy aftertaste. According to SciShow, scientists conducted studies to determine what causes the polar opposite opinions to cilantro. Turns out, the cilantro haters all had a gene in common, OrgA2. This is an olfactory-receptor gene that affects our sense of smell and picks up the smell of aldehyde chemicals. A chemical found in both cilantro and guess what else? Soap.

For all those unfortunate enough to have this soapy taste, it really isn’t your fault, it's genetics. If you happen to be one of those people, we understand! You can always opt for no cilantro when ordering a dish at Mad Dog & Beans.

5 Reasons Why Tequila is Good For You

 

You’re probably thinking about a time where you had a bit too much tequila, ended up on the toilet seat and are now wondering how can tequila be good for me? Here are 5 reasons why that bad memory of tequila should not be last one!

 

1. Lower’s blood sugar

       According to the American Chemical Society, a sugar named agavina comes from the agave plant used to produce tequila, is non-digestible. So the sugar acts solely as a dietary fiber and would not raise blood glucose.  

2. Good for your bones

       A study from Mexico found that mice that were ingested with blue agave, had healthier bones. The agave helps maintain bone health and also aids the body in calcium absorption. Basically, one more margarita won’t hurt!

3. Fights Cholesterol

      Tequila brakes down fat and makes it easier for fat to be absorbed. Also, fiber in your diet reduces cholesterol levels which is found in the agave plant. Basically, a shot or two can go a long way!

4. Cures colds

      In the 1930s, Mexican doctors actually recommended this tequila concoction to fight off a cold:

.5 ounce of tequila blanco

.5 ounce of agave nectar (to eliminate bacteria and soothe throat)

.5 ounce of fresh lime juice (for Vitamin C)

5. Pain Reliever

      In Mexico, drinking tequila has been used as a remedy for aches, pains, even headaches, but studies prove that it can be an effective pain reliever. Tequila dilates blood vessels which result in better blood flow and this results in minimizing pain levels. Besides physical pain, tequila is also known as a good remedy for emotional pain.

 

All of these reasons are efficient when tequila is taken in moderation, but next time you you’re offered a tequila shot, don’t second guess yourself!

 

 

Guac and Margs: Your Dream Diet?

Already thinking about that summer body or looking to improve your healthy habits all around? It might not be as difficult as you would think. Where challenging diet plans can be a pain, we might just have the combo for you!

Avocados + Tequila = Perfect Pair

Often called the “Alligator Pear,” the avocado is very nutritious and contains a wide variety of nutrients, including 20 different vitamins and minerals.

Some of the more prominent nutrients include vitamin E, vitamin B6, vitamin B5, vitamin K, vitamin C, folate, potassium, iron, zinc, and magnesium!

Along with the various vitamins and minerals, avocados are loaded with fiber. The fiber in avocados makes them contribute to weight loss, lower the risk of many diseases, and reduce high blood sugar.

Not only are avocados extremely high in nutrients, but they help your body to better absorb nutrients from other foods too. Its no secret that avocados are high in fat, but have no fear! Avocados contain the GOOD kind of fat known as oleic acid. This monounsaturated fatty acid is linked to reduce inflammation and has shown to have positive effects on genes linked to cancer.

The most obvious perk? Avocados are delicious and satisfying! You can enjoy them with every meal, especially when you come to Mad Dog & Beans Mexican Cantina. Our made-to-order guacamole is as fresh as it gets and makes a great addition to any of our traditional dishes!

And what better to pair with our delicious guacamole than a signature margarita! Okay, so maybe mixed margaritas won’t help you fit you into that little black dress, but tequila alone is sure to benefit!

It is believed that drinking a shot of tequila before a meal boots your metabolism, and drinking a shot after a meal aids in digestion. Choosing tequila over beer and wine automatically reduces the amount of calories and carbs, just be sure to leave out the sugary mixers!

Who says you can't be health conscious and still the life of the party?!

¡Salud!

Top 10 Tequila Facts

  1. All Tequila is Mezcal, but not all Mezcal is Tequila
  2. Mezcal is a distilled beverage made in Mexico from Agave. Tequila is made from Blue Agave in the Appellation of Origin: Tequila Territory, primarily the state of Jalisco
  3. Worms are prohibited in Tequila bottles but may be present in Mezcal
  4. Tequila must be produced in Mexico: Just like bubbly must come from the Champagne wine region of France in order to officially be called champagne, tequila must be produced in specific areas of Mexico. Any type of “tequila” made outside these regions is merely called an agave spirit.
  5. People will pay a lot for good tequila: According to The Guinness Book of World Records, the most expensive bottle of tequila ever sold went to a private collector for $225,000. The bottle was made out of white gold and platinum, and contained six year-aged tequila worth $2,500.
  6. You can make synthetic diamonds with tequila: Physicists from the National Autonomous University of Mexico figured out a way to make faux diamonds using tequila. The crystals are too small to be made into jewelry, but they can be used in other industrial ways such as an alternative to silicon in computer chips.
  7. Over 50 million liters of tequila are consumed every year in America.
  8. Studies have shown that if consumed in moderation, tequila can cut the risk of dementia by 37%.
  9. Unlike other forms of alcohol, tequila is not a depressant.
  10. The 1918 flu epidemic led to a tequila boom in Mexico as doctors advised ailing patients to drink tequila, lime, and salt as a remedy.