As this weekend is New Years, I figure that most of legal age will be drinking in the new year, so today’s post is a guide to selecting drinks that fit into a Body Change lifestyle. Although there are some benefits to moderate alcohol consumption: works as blood thinner to increase vascular health; lower incidence of coronary heart disease, type II Diabetes, and stroke; superior cognitive and memory function for the elderly. The same kinds of benefits can occur by sticking to a Body Change lifestyle:
- fish oil
- eating antioxidant rich fruits and vegetables
- eating low numbers of carbohydrates
Alcohol isn’t metabolized as a carbohydrate, but transported to the liver, where it is used as an available energy source. I would recommend sustaining from alcohol consumption for those in a weight loss, as it provides extra calories to burn, and you can get the same (better) nutrients through diet. If not in a weight loss mode the occasional drink isn’t going to harm. Some drink choices are obviously better than others, so I’ll cover some of the options:
- Wine: I’ve discussed wine before, but here is a refresher. Red wine has been revered for its polyphenol concentration. It’s also know for its resveratrol content. Resveratrol is a powerful antioxidant known for fighting cancer and reducing ageing. White wine has less antioxidant power, so stick to the red, especially organic, which has greater concentrations.
- Whiskey, Brandy, Scotch, Cognac: Great news here is zero carbs. Plus research has found antioxidant activity in Bourbon whiskey, Armagnac brandy, and cognac. Whiskey actually has more ellagic acid, which fights free radicals, than red wine.
- Light Beer: has some polyphenols, and less carbs than traditional beer.
- Vodka, Gin, Clear Rum: the good news is that there are no carbs, but that’s really it. There aren’t any antioxidant benefits like some of the other drink options.
- Creamy/Dark/Stout or Rich Microbrew Beer: with 15-25 grams of carbs this is definitely not a good option.
- Regular Beer: beer does have some antioxidant boosts, but with 10-15 grams of carbs there are better drink options.
- Mixed sugar concoctions: drinks such as Margaritas, Mojitos, Pina Coladas, martinis, Amaretto, Smirnoff, Jello shots, Grand Marnier, mudslides, Kahlua, daiquiri. These drinks may taste yummy, but that’s because they are loaded with sugars, 15-40 grams of added sugar!
Like I said in the beginning, if you’re on a mission to lose weight, I would not recommend alcohol consumption. If, however, you’re not there is nothing wrong with the occasional drink, just choose wisely because clearly some drinks are better than others. Have fun and be safe! Happy early New Year!