A funny thing happened today that got me thinking about, how do I say this…CRAP SCIENCE!
I overheard two ladies discussing the profound benefit of alcohol. My ears perked up when one of them blurted out (ok, so I didn’t overhear it, they were on the other side of the room), “I was told by my doctor that a couple of glasses of red wine are good for you!” This was naturally followed up with an excited squeal of joy and a resounding, “I have heard that too!”
I wanted to laugh out loud but instead I actually snorted. (So much for being nonchalant).
Sure, there are studies that support the argument that red wine and many other forms of alcoholic beverages have some health benefits. There are also studies that support the counter argument that any benefits alcohol may provide you are lost with the damage alcohol can cause.
I’m not here to tell you whether you should or shouldn’t drink, (unless you’re a client of mine then I’ll kick your butt.)
What I am here to tell you is simple…alcohol in any form is sugar. If you are having a challenge with your weight. If you have made a commitment to yourself to lose weight, improve your health or you have any number of sugar related issues (diabetes for example), alcohol can not be part of your lifestyle. I don’t care if it’s in moderation, for cardio vascular benefits, for the flavonoids or the chance it may lower cholesterol.
Well, I have a few shocking pieces of research to offer you too. Exercise lowers bad cholesterol levels and improves cardio-vascular performance. Exercise makes you naturally sexy…alcohol, artificial sexy.
There are many foods that are flavonoid rich…
Blueberries,Blackberries, Strawberries, Raspberries, Plums, Prunes, Dark cherries (Morello and others), Oranges, Tangerines, Pink grapefruits, Apples, Pears, Kiwi, Watermelon, Kale, Garlic (raw), Watercress, Parsley (Italian or curly), Spinach, Broccoli, Brussels sprouts, Beets, Red peppers (raw), Carrots, Tomatoes (ripe), Squash, Cucumber (field), Chocolate (70 percent)
My research hasn’t been paid for by alcohol beverage producers either, so you can pretty much consider it honest and unbiased.
This may be a little harsh, and I am sure some people who read this will be thinking something along the lines of, “Crazy girl”, but debating the benefits of alcohol for your health is a cheap excuse. A cheap excuse that is a lot like people who are looking for the magic pill, potion or next big fad.
You want health benefits? MOVE
You want extra special big words in your nutrition plan? EAT HEALTHY FOODS
You want to argue the exhilarating benefits of alcohol? Here are some to help you out…
Arthritis, Cancer, Fetal Alcohol Syndrome, Heart Disease, Hyperglycermia, Hypoglycemia, Kidney Disease, Liver Disease, Malnutrition, Nervous Disorders, Obesity, Psychological disturbances…and my favourite…it AGES YOU prematurely.
Have a great weekend everyone. Make great choices for your health and if you decide you want to drink, please do so responsibly.