Beer or wine – what is healthiest?
Wine is healthier than beer. Or is it? There are many myths and opinions about alcohol. And at least as many excuses for drinking it.
If you do not drink alcohol at all, you can take pleasure in the fact that no one should drink beer or wine to make health benefits. But if you are one of those who appreciate enjoying a glass or two now and then, then tip your ear.
Wine is no healthier than beer.
You may be one of many who believe that wine is healthier than beer because of several beneficial ingredients in wine. And maybe you even use that argument for drinking 3-4 glasses in one evening. The only problem is that research has documented that it takes a minimum of 14 glasses of wine a day to get enough of the health-beneficial drugs – and then it’s not healthy anymore because of the alcohol content.
Besides, it cannot be scientifically explained why the results of several population surveys have shown that people who prefer wine are less at risk of cardiovascular disease than those who like beer.
That is why US researchers found testing beer and wine in moderate quantities. And it showed that both reasonable amounts of beer and wine have the same health benefits. The explanation for this is that the wine drinkers ate healthier than the beer drinkers, and that, as well as other differences in lifestyle, is probably the explanation for the wine drinkers’ reduced risk of cardiovascular disease.
Today, there is a broad consensus among researchers: Wine is not healthier than beer, but moderate consumption of beer and wine is associated with the same reduction in the risk of diabetes and cardiovascular disease.
Beer is better for you than wine.
That being said; however, there are some arguments that beer can, in many ways, actually be a bit healthier for you than wine: A regular beer has 45 percent fewer calories per hour volume unit than wine. And 62 percent lower alcohol density per volume unit relative to wine.
Also, beer contains a variety of B vitamins, which are beneficial to health. If you choose a light beer or non-alcoholic beer, you get even fewer calories – but almost the same good taste.
Besides, beer seems to reduce calorie intake more than wine, losing control over what you eat if you drink wine instead of beer, as the urge for sweet things can increase and make you eat more dessert if you drink wine for the food.
Enjoy beer and wine for the sake of comfort – not health.
Beer and wine can help complete meals—both in terms of taste and comfort factor. Therefore, there is nothing healthy in drinking more than a maximum of one item a day for women and two for men (which are the recommendations of the National Board of Health).
On the contrary, larger amounts increase the risk of various lifestyle diseases, including obesity and cancer. So stick to moderate consumption and distribute it throughout the week as alcohol’s preventive effect increases the more evenly distributed intake is throughout the week.
And here, the primary positive effect may be due to the alcohol’s very effectiveness, which raises the blood’s HDL cholesterol, lowers blood clotting tendency, and increases insulin sensitivity.