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The Health Benefits of Alcohol

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The Better Side of Beer

If you thought beer was just for baseball games and frat parties, think again!

According to a letter in medical journal The Lancet, beer consumption may actually protect against heart disease. Beer contains vitamin B6, which prevents the buildup of homocysteine, a chemical linked with heart disease

Moreover, studies have shown that one serving of beer provides roughly the same amount of heart-healthy antioxidant protection as red wine, and that consuming moderate amounts of beer lowers one's chances of coronary heart disease by 30-40 percent, compared to those who don't kick back with the occasional brew.

Calorie Comparison

Light beer tallies about 108 calories for 12 ounces, while regular beer rings in about 144 calories. If you're a beer-drinker who's watching her weight, opt for light beer. "Light beer will cut the calories, so if you're going to do something lighter, look for light as opposed to low-carb," advises Young. "The low-carb beer will give you the same calories as the regular."

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crystalwhite9 wrote:

Seriously, get a hold of yourselves people...this is more likely a case of one step forward, and two steps back. There are plenty of other ways to reduce your cholesterol that don't include increasing your risks for cancer, cirrhosis or heart disease (the #1 killer of ALL AMERICANS, by the way).

1/24/2013 04:56:11 PM Report Abuse
crystalwhite9 wrote:

WHY is this article titled "The Health BENEFITS of Alcohol"? It states one positive benefit and then turns around and contradicts itself with a handful of negatives and risks. And, define "moderate"...because I was under the impression that 2 drinks in one sitting was "moderate".

1/24/2013 04:55:57 PM Report Abuse
lessieissel wrote:

That's good to hear when I am at social outings and people want me to join in the drinking...

1/26/2012 09:48:28 AM Report Abuse
uiytretyretey wrote:

Wines are said to have a good effects in our bodies because of its soothing power that gives us relief to stress. On the other hand, hard alcohol must still be avoided because of some factors that may contribute to liver problems, cancers and other form o0f illnesses.

3/2/2011 03:18:41 AM Report Abuse

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