5 Alcoholic Drinks That Are Healthy For You – Nutshell School
5 HEALTHIEST ALCOHOLIC DRINKS
- Guinness – Probably the most famous stout in the world, being served in over 120 countries with around 1.5 billion pints pulled each year. Guinness is also a relatively healthier alternative to some alcoholic drinks.
- BLOODY MARY – the classic tomato based cocktail invented sometime in the 1920’s. With a base made mainly of tomato juice, packed full of vitamins and nutrients, and even called a super food, with some studies suggesting tomatoes decrease the risk of obesity and some cancers.
3. SCREWDRIVER – talking about the highball mixed drink of vod** and orange. With absolutely NO fa* and just over 70 calories per bar serving, vod** can be considered quite a good alcoholic drink for the health conscious amongst us.
4. CHAMPAGNE – With around 175 calories per glass of regular champagne you can’t go wrong when celebrating or toasting a wedding, and why not be even healthier with a Brut Champagne which comes in at less than 125 calories per glass.
5. Red Wine – Made from the freshest red grapes, varieties of red wine have been studied over the years and found to be beneficial to the drinkers health, including assisting with depression and preventing colon and cancer. It has anti-ageing properties and is also found to hinder the development of dementia
These are some 5 alcoholic drinks which are healthy for you
But here’s the thing: new research suggests that what’s long been considered a healthy approach to drinking (2 drinks a day for men, 1 a day for women) is now under fire. Research published last year concluded that no amount of drinking is healthy. (Thanks, The Lancet, for taking all of the fun out of life).
Couple these findings with the calorie and sugar conundrum that comes with many alcoholic beverages and you begin to wonder if cutting alcohol out of your life might, in fact, improve it. And you may have some questions. I’m here to help answer them.
What’s the best way to balance drinking and a healthy lifestyle?
My approach: Be an alcohol snob. I savor the flavor and enjoy a quality drink occasionally with friends, but never alone. I don’t overdo it. My max is two solid, craft beers once, maybe twice per week. Or one bourbon.
And the majority of the time I stick to just booze. This allows me to not have to worry about calorie- and sugar-filled mixers.
What about hard sodas? Are those any better for me?
Be careful. If you must partake, look for a brand that offers very little sugar per serving. Otherwise you’ll take in an overload of calories, mainly from the sweet stuff. Spiked seltzers, on the other hand, aren’t a bad option. Ideally you want one that’s a zero-calorie flavored bubble water with booze added.
What’s the best craft beer option?
Craft beers often have more alcohol (aka a higher ABV or, alcohol by volume) than traditional macro-beers. And more alcohol means more calories.
For example, a 12-ounce beer with 9% ABV (not atypical for craft brews) has about 270 calories. But because craft beers don’t have to list their calorie count, you can use this handy equation to estimate you’re your beer has: Multiply the ABV by 2.5, then multiply that by the number of ounces in your beer.
Beware of those shandy-style craft beers, too. Although refreshing, they’re usually a combo of beer and sugary soda or juice.
Is vodka my best bet if I’m Paleo?
If you’re a diehard Paleo guy you know that technically no alcohol is Paleo-friendly. But there’s is a short list of booze that gets the modern Paleo greenlight, vodka is one of them. Just make sure it’s potato vodka. It’s not your only choice, though: rum and tequila are also Paleo-friendly.
Is tequila really best for my blood sugar?
Put this in the myth category. Tequila—as well as vodka, rum, and gin—all have zero grams of carbs, so they won’t raise your blood sugar if you drink them straight up. If you have diabetes, you’d count your drink as two fat exchanges.
But don’t fall for the hype that choosing a tequila made from 100 percent agave changes the impact. All of the health attributes of agave (aka lower glycemic index, etc.) are gone once it’s been distilled into to tequila.
That said, choosing pure, agave tequila means you’ll typically skip unnecessary additives like caramel coloring and it’s gluten-free.
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