What is the difference between rum and whiskey?

In this brief article we are going to answer the question, “What is the difference between rum and whiskey?”, and discuss what rum is and the characterization of rum. 

We will also discuss the health benefits and the health risks of rum, the standard serving of rum, along with what whiskey is, characterization of whiskey, the health benefits and health risks of whiskey and the standard serving of whiskey.

What is the difference between rum and whiskey?

The difference between rum and whiskey is that rum is made by a process of distillation from sugar cane and whiskey is made by distillation from fermented grain mash.

What is rum?

Rum is a product of fermentation, distillation and natural ageing of sugar cane. The colour and taste of rum will vary from place to place.

Rum is first fermented and during the fermentation process, water and yeast are added to the byproducts of sugarcane (formed during fermentation) and aged for a minimum of one year on a wooden cask to acquire the desired colour. Colourless rum is produced sometimes on stainless steel tanks. 

Characterization of Rum

Rum is characterised according to variation and grading. This include:

  1. Light rum
  2. Dark rum
  3. Gld rum
  4. Spiced rum
  5. Flavoured rum
  6. Premium rum

What are the health benefits of rum?

Rum is beneficial for a healthy heart, to reduce blood cholesterol levels and is also a blood thinner preventing the risk of thickening of arteries and therefore preventing the risk of heart attacks. It is also beneficial for sore throats giving a soothing effect and is thus used to treat common colds. 

Rum also lowers blood sugar levels preventing the risk of diabetes, and can help to cure and fight muscle pain. It increases bone mineral density reducing the risk of bone related diseases such as osteoporosis and arthritis.

Rum is also used for the prevention of vitamin C deficiency known as scurvy. Rum is a great antiseptic for wounds and is also used as a painkiller. It is also beneficial for preventing Alzhemiers and dementia. It also is effective as a de-stressor (to relieve stress and anxiety). Rum has also shown to be beneficial in the prevention of cancer. 

What are the health risks of rum?

Rum when used excessively has several health risks including liver, heart and kidney damage, head, neck, esophageal, liver, breast and colorectal cancers, and making existing mental conditions much worse.

What is the standard serving of rum?

Standard serving of rum is 1.5 oz or 43 ml 

What is whiskey?

Whiskey is a beverage made from the process of distillation from the fermentation of barley aor malted barley, rye or malted rye, wheat or corn. After the process of fermentation and distillation, whiskey is allowed to go under the process of ageing in a wooden barrel.

Whiskey can be consumed mixed or not mixed in cocktails, punches and highballs.

Characterization of whiskey

Whiskey has been characterised as:

  1. Malt whiskey
  2. Grain whisky
  3. Single malt
  4. Blended malt
  5. Scotch whiskey
  6. Irish whiskeys

What are the health benefits of whiskey?

Whiskey is beneficial in alleviating inflammation and improving heart health because of the presence of phytochemicals. Whiskey also lowers the risk of LDL (bad)cholesterol and improves HDL (good) cholesterol

Whiskey can dilate the blood vessels temporarily, and help clear sinuses and other chest infections such as coughing or wheezing. It also helps to enhance immunity when taken in moderate levels.

What are the health risks of whiskey?

Health risks of whiskey include risks of chronic diseases such as liver and kidney disease, liver damage, fatty liver, and mouth, throat, stomach, colon, and kidney cancers. It can also cause problems during pregnancy (miscarriages, preterm births, still birth, and defects in babies).

What is the standard serving of whiskey?

The standard serving size of whiskey is 1.5 fluid ounces.

Other FAQs about Rum that you may be interested in.

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Conclusion 

In this brief article we answered the question, “What is the difference between rum and whiskey?”, and discussed what rum is and the characterization of rum. 

We also discussed  the health benefits and the health risks of rum, the standard serving of rum, along with what whiskey is, characterization of whiskey, the health benefits and health risks of whiskey and the standard serving of whiskey.

References

https://www.webmd.com/diet/whiskey-good-for-you#:~:text=Whiskey%20has%20high%20levels%20of,or%20fat%20in%20your%20blood.

https://www.britannica.com/topic/whiskey

https://www.britannica.com/topic/rum-liquor

https://greatist.com/live/benefits-of-rum