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    13 Pretty Damn Amazing Things You Never Knew About Vodka

    You say potato, I say vodka.

    1. Vodka does not contain any sugar, yeast, fat, cholesterol, sodium, or carbs.

    2. Vodka is one of the lowest-calorie liquors. A 1.5-ounce shot of 70-proof vodka has 85 calories.

    3. Vodka increases blood flow to the heart and creates better HDL (high-density lipoprotein) cholesterol levels.

    4. And drinking vodka may be healthier than drinking red wine.

    5. Some of the best recipes are made with vodka, like this penne alla vodka.

    6. Vodka tightens your pores.

    7. Vodka may also have antiseptic properties.

    8. Vodka can be therapeutic when consumed, or when applied topically to your body.

    9. Vodka can be used to clean just about anything at home.

    10. Vodka reduces stress.

    11. Vodka can be made from nearly any fermented food that contains sugar or starch, then it's distilled to increase alcohol content.

    12. The name vodka derives from the Russian word "voda," which means water.

    13. Lastly — and possibly most importantly — you are less likely to have a hangover after drinking vodka.