With the New Year firmly in our sights, I know there will be a lot of toasting and alcohol over indulgence tonight – but just how good or bad is booze to your body?
Alcohol is a bit of a mystery, as the science and research behind it seems to change on a regular basis. First its good for you in moderation, then it makes you fat, then it’s loaded with sugar, and then it’s carbohydrate free. So, what’s the deal? Is having a few brewskies or a cocktail or two really all that bad. Here’s what the Angry Trainer says…
The BUZZ! Duh! Who doesn’t like that feeling of inhibition and letting lose? I know a few drinks loosen me up quite a bit, and I turn into a comedian – at least I think so! The variety is simply amazing, ranging from burn your throat shots, to fruity artistic beverages with umbrellas in them. We all know there’s a bar on every corner and even your local supermarket sells some good stuff.
When it comes to red wine and beer, there are some studies that say moderate consumption has some health benefits, but since I don’t believe for a moment that anyone drinks to improve their health, I’ll consider this a moot point!
While booze can make you feel good, it can also be terribly bad for you. I’ve personally seen how alcohol has various affects on different people, from happy and loving, to mad and aggressive. And we all know that alcohol can become addictive, as scientists have identified an alcohol gene, where some people apparently have a genetic predisposition to become reliant upon the bottle. Plus it’s freakin’ costly! A few drinks out at night can easily run you 20+ dollars at most places, and that’s about 10lbs of chicken breasts my friends!
Plus you can’t deny some of the health implications from regular alcohol consumption – beer guts, liver disease, possible addiction and dependency, impaired judgment, red face and all the associated fun stuff. Alcohol is actually not a carbohydrate, but when introduced into the body, becomes the body’s fuel of choice. That means whatever else your eating for fuel along with the drink doesn’t get used and can create a calorie surplus. You can see why drinks with fruit juice can potentially make you gain fat for this very reason. It’s best to limit your carbohydrate intake on days when you know there’ll be a celebration. Stick to drinks with seltzer, tonic water or just a splash of fruit juice for flavor.
If you are going to drink, here are the best choices as they have almost no carbohydrates and are relatively low in calories. You can still have fun and not over do it:
1. LIGHT BEER, 1 Bottle - 100 calories
2. CHAMPAGNE small glass – 100 calories
3. RED or WHITE WINE small glass: 80 calories
4. JACK DANIELS, shot – 50 calories (I mix this with Diet Coke and Lime)
5. VODKA, shot – 50 calories
Additionally, most other spirits and hard liquors are generally okay – IN MODERATION! Remember, you don’t want to be that guy or girl who became a sloppy mess on New Years!
Forget health benefits when it comes to alcohol. But in my opinion there’s nothing wrong or detrimental to your health by consuming SOME alcohol on special occasions. While there’s a clear link between alcohol and fat gain, it’s really more about the amount and frequency. One or two servings of ice cream per week won’t make you fat, but a few cups everyday certainly will. So enjoy – in moderation!
And remember be smart and responsible – don’t drink and drive ever! Or let anyone else…
Taste It Or Waste It:
I say… Taste It! Responsibly.