Health Benefits Of Wine And Other Alcohol
Does a glass of wine a day keep the doctor away? You really think that wine is healthy? Well let us find out what experts have to say!
Following the French
The diet of French people is cited as an example of how drinking wine can improve your heart health. The French have a high fat diet but they have a lower risk of heart disease. People believe that this is due to red wine. If you are someone who enjoys his/her glass of wine or any other alcohol once in a while, try having it with meals. Alcohol is known to stimulate appetite so it would be better if you would have it with your meal.
Wine and its antioxidant content- a myth
There is always said that red wine offers a lot of health benefits as it is packed with antioxidants. Yes, it does contain antioxidants but do you know that they are always not well absorbed by the body. If you really need antioxidants, you can have a spinach salad with lots of veggies instead of a glass of wine, says a Harvard researcher!
Alcohol lowers your cholesterol level
One benefit of alcohol is that it can raise good cholesterol by 20 percent when used moderately along with regular physical activity. Higher levels of HDL lower the risk of heart disease. Research says that it is the ethanol or alcohol part of wine, beer etc that lowers cholesterol levels and increases good cholesterol.
Helps boost brain power
A recent study shows that you can boost your brain power (especially women) with a little alcohol. The study was done on 12,000 women aged 70 to 81. It was found that moderate drinkers scored better than teetotallers when tested on mental function. Those who drank moderately had a reduced risk of mental decline when compared to non-drinkers.
Moderation is the key!
You need to watch how much alcohol you are ingesting. For your reference here is what one drink means-
5 ounces of wine (148 ml)
12 ounces of beer (350 ml)
1.5 ounces vodka (44 ml)
It is recommended that women have one drink a day and men have two. No, you can’t save them for your weekend party and expect health benefits 😛
Can a drink a day make you fat?
So, a drink can keep your brain sharp and heart healthy but will it affect your weight?
Alcohol does have calories. If you consume alcohol, you need to budget it into ‘discretionary calories’ so that you maintain a healthy weight. A 1800 calorie eating plan has 195 discretionary calories that are equivalent to 250 ml glass of wine or a mini dessert. If you want both the alcohol and dessert you have to increase your physical activity.
You are in for trouble if you cross the mark!
A little bit of alcohol can be good but excess of it can cause serious health troubles.
Health experts clearly state that no one should start drinking if they are teetotallers already. It is a well known fact that alcohol can ruin your health. It is bad for pregnant women and those who are at a risk of breast cancer.
If you don’t drink please don’t start. There are foods that will help you get health benefits similar to alcohol!
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