Sceptically Fit

23/06/2011

Make Mine a Martini

Filed under: Health and Nutrition — Tags: , , — Sceptically Me @ 22:52

Unfortunately no – delicious, but my budget doesn’t generally stretch that far.

Is alcohol healthy – the best collation of our current understanding of alcohol on the body is here: The Truth about Alcohol, Fat Loss and Muscle Growth .

What are some of the points to consider:

The fattening question – alcohol is a sugar, but sugar alcohols are processed differently by the body. It will use them first so anything you eat on top of the alcohol is more likely to be unused and therefore stored as fat (which is why the article above recommends eating protein when drinking). Interestingly – if you are going for a ketogenic diet, the sugar alcohols do not kick you out of ketosis the way normal sugars will.

Moderate alcohol appears to be healthy.

Moderate alcohol consumption improves insulin sensitivity, lowers triglyceride concentrations and improves glycemic control. Not only in healthy folks, but also in type 2 diabetes. There is no clear consensus on the insulin sensitizing mechanism of alcohol, but one viable explanation may be that alcohol promotes leanness by stimulating AMPK in skeletal muscle. It’s not a stretch to assume that this might have favorable effects on nutrient partitioning in the longer term.

If the effect of alcohol consumption on insulin sensitivity doesn’t impress you, then consider the fact that studies have consistently shown that moderate drinkers live longer than non-drinkers. This can be mainly attributed to a lowered risk of cardiovascular disease. However, alcohol also contributes to a healthier and disease-free life by protecting against Alzheimer’s disease, metabolic syndrome, rheumatoid arthritis, the common cold, different types of cancers, depression and many other Western diseases.

 

In terms of what to drink  the lower calorie per alcohol content is your best bet: Get Drunk Not Fat

I recommend a Gin, Soda Water, and two slices of lime.

 

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