Monday, February 28, 2011

Before I take another drink.....

We have been talking about macro-nutrient and calories, and getting energy from food. Protein, Carbohydrate and Fats are the macro-nutrients, we get  4 kcal/g from Protein and Carbohydrate, while we get 9 kcal/g of Fats.
In the middle of all of this, is Alcohol. Alcohol provides  7 kcal/g. Which means that Alcohol does have caloric qualities.There are many remedial purposes of having  an occasional drink. This post will not delve into the dark side of the alcohol story.
Just like fats, carbohydrate, and protein, alcohol is not harmful to the average person, when consumed in moderation.

Alcohol Information: Alcohol can Prevent Heart Disease
Various studies have suggested that drinking alcohol in moderation - about one drink a day - can reduce heart disease and heart attacks, raise good cholesterol and increase beneficial antioxidants.
'At every level, HDL-cholesterol (good cholesterol) went up in association with the number of drinks consumed per week,” said investigator Dr Paul T. Williams. “People who drank 6 ounces of alcohol per week were five times more likely to have a desirable cholesterol level than non-drinkers.”
In turn, this good cholesterol cuts the risk of heart disease in both men and women. One study even found that drinking moderate amounts of alcohol cuts the risk of a deadly heart attack in men who had already had one heart attack or stroke.

Alcohol Health Benefits: What is the Healthiest Alcohol?
Wine and beer, especially the darker ales and stouts, reduce heart disease risk and may also reduce atherosclerosis and cataracts by up to 50 percent, especially in diabetics. Darker beers have more antioxidants than the lighter lager beers so they have stronger heart disease and cancer prevention benefits, and both contain more than other beverages, according to research. But the best type of alcohol to prevent heart disease and other health risks is red wine.

As you can see here, there are benefits from consuming alcohol. However as with everything in your diet, I will encourage, drinking in moderation.

What do you think about Alcohol consumption? Do the benefits outweigh the drawbacks?