Healthy Happy Hour
Admit it, sometimes the perfect ending to the 10-day week, is chilling out with friends at the local craft brewery. Many Americans drink alcohol on special occasions; a night out on the town, a cook-out, or at holiday parties. On average, Americans get 6-10% of their daily total calories from alcohol. There are many known health benefits of moderate alcohol intake; less heart attacks and lower death rates than in non-drinkers and heavy drinkers. One glass of wine a day on a regular basis appears to reduce the risk of fatty liver disease by half. Red wine is loaded with polyphenols, which decrease inflammation of your heart and bowel, you will feel healthier with every sip.
However, the American Medical Association, published the results of 6 studies that concluded that women who drank 2-5 alcoholic beverages a day had a 41% increase in breast cancer. Excess ETOH intake seems to increase a person’s risk of osteoporosis, hypertension, liver damage, stroke, and insomnia.
See recipe below
What about if you are trying to lose weight? Can relaxing with an occasional beer or glass of wine sabotage your weight loss efforts, or can drinking alcohol be part of a healthy lifestyle? Even though alcohol is a source of empty calories, moderate drinkers are less likely than teetotalers to be obese. A study published at Harvard says that middle aged and older women who were moderate drinkers were less likely to gain weight over time than women who didn’t partake of any alcohol. The belief is, that these individuals take in less calories when they drink, and tended to be more physically fit. Moderate is just one drink for women and two for men. One drink is 12 ounces of beer, 1.5 oz. of 80 proof distilled spirits or 5 ounces of wine. And, you’re not allowed to save them up from the week to the weekend. Nice try though. If you can’t stop at this recommendation, you may want to consider giving it up.
The beer gut appears to come from alcohol increasing the waistline. When you drink ETOH your liver is busy trying to burn off the alcohol, instead of burning off fat. And, maybe specifically interfere with the breakdown of belly fat. Studies show that liquor can cause you to feel hungry by affecting hormones that regulate your sense of satiety.
However, if you don’t currently drink alcohol, we don’t recommend that you start for health reasons. Cheers!
Heart Healthy Mojito
100 Calories per Drink
Gently crush watermelon cubes with fresh mint leaves.
Add 1.5 ounces of rum, ice and 8 ounces of zero calorie sparkling water.
Garnish with watermelon cubes and mint.