Is There a Place for Alcohol in a Healthy Lifestyle?
Jake: Hey, I’m Jake of Body by Jake with your nutrition tip of the day. I’m here with Dr. P. who’s answering all your questions. Dr. P., what do you say buddy? Here’s a good one for you, alcohol, is it good? Is it bad?
Dr. P.: Alcohol falls into two categories. Either it’s fermented, or distilled.
Now, even before that: all alcohol is a poison. It’s inflammatory. You drink too much, you’re not going to be so good. If you drink too much, you’re going to die. It’s not something that our body manages well, period.
But if drinking, know that alcohol falls into two categories, it is either fermented or it’s distilled. Like a fermented alcohol beer or wine. They are yeast and mold. And beer with additional gluten because it’s a wheat product.
If you choose your beer or wine, the rule of thumb is three glasses of water, like three ounces to every one ounce of wine or beer you drink to manage the yeast and mold.
The better choice, honestly, is a distilled spirit like vodka or tequila because it’s a one ingredient guy, like a potato, rye or grain. So ideally focus on your one ingredient guys, if you do choose your wine, and if you’re a real wine guy or beer have a glass of the water Three ounces to every one ounce of wine.
Jake: Do you recommend red versus white wine? I read a lot about that.
Dr. P.: Red, resveratrol, that’s the antioxidant benefits of red, but it’s still in a base of yeast and mold. You want an antioxidant, get more vegetables, have a dark, fresh fruit. But as far as beer and wine is concerned: red is actually worse. It has a higher mold content. That’s why really sits on the back of your tongue. Be careful of the reds. Dry whites – better. Distilled spirits – better.
Jake: Always, everything in moderation.
Dr. P.: Everything in moderation lifestyle. Moderation. And forecast it. If you’re going to have a big day tomorrow and you’re out with friends and everybody’s having a cocktail or two, be smart because you don’t want it to ruin your next day.
Jake: Dr. P. Well said as always!
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