Drink Wine and Be Healthy

Author: Joe Sage, NASM-CPT, CES, WLS, FNS

Do you love wine, but worry about sabotaging your health? Drinking wine in moderation has been shown to have some positive benefits. Although, drinking wine above a moderate level, the risks quickly outweigh the benefits. According to the USDA Center for Nutrition Policy and Promotion, moderate drinking is defined as one 5oz drink a day for women and two 5oz drinks a day for men.

Just like carbohydrates, proteins, and fats, alcohol provides calories as well. It provides 7 calories per gram. However, the body has no way to store alcohol, so breaking down and metabolizing alcohol becomes the body’s main objective. Liver cells work to detoxify and break down alcohol, but the liver can only break down a certain amount of alcohol per hour, which is why it is important to know how much you are drinking. One way to reduce how quickly alcohol enters the bloodstream is to not drink on an empty stomach. Food present in the stomach will delay how quickly alcohol is absorbed. Try to be mindful of your portion size, as those calories can quickly add up. Like many other indulgent foods in our diets, staying within moderation will satisfy those cravings without sabotaging your health.

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