Tuesday, June 17, 2008

Alcohol Is Making You Fat!

One true inhibitor of weight loss and heath is alcohol. Because it is derived from wheat and yeast these things take a long time to digest and have no nutritional value, unless you brew it yourself. The carbs in the brew make it hard to lose weight when you are drinking it.
A previous study on alcohol consumption and breast cancer even found that postmenopausal women who drink more than half a glass of alcohol per day, and have low intakes of the B vitamin folate, are 60 percent more likely to develop breast cancer than those who do not drink alcohol and have the highest intake of folate.

Does that mean you could just eat more vegetables (high in folate) and be safe? While that would provide you with many health benefits, it will not protect you from the toxic effects of alcohol.

Alcohol is broken down in your body into a chemical called acetaldehyde, which, by the way, is the chemical responsible for hangover symptoms. When acetaldehyde reacts with the neurotransmitter dopamine, it can cause mental and emotional disturbances such as anxiety, depression, and poor concentration.

If you look up the toxicology of acetaldehyde, you'll find that it adversely affects many tissues and organs in your body, which may play a large part in increasing the risk of so many chronic diseases and cancers.

And remember, wine does count as alcohol. Most of the benefits from drinking wine are largely related to the polyphenolic bioflavonoids found in the grape skins and seeds. It is not the alcohol or the carbohydrate content that is helpful.

I cannot tell you not to drink but i will say, as with anything else. Moderation is key! And I don't mean one a day or a 6 pack on friday either. I mean one or two a week especially if you are trying to lose weight.

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