Choosing a Better Drink for Your Diet

Truth – drinking too much alcohol is not healthy – especially if you have a medical condition, addiction, or weight loss goal. Alcohol can be beneficial for your health, though, especially if you choose the right liquor, beer, or cocktail. Here are some things to keep in mind the next time you’re out on the town.

Drinking Liquor

You know the old saying, “Candy is dandy but liquor is quicker,” right? Liquor can be good for you, especially things like brandy and vodka, but only if you consume them in moderation and without mixers – you know, the things that make liquor taste like candy. Mixers like sugary fruit juices and soda are the things that take your liquor’s original calorie count and blow it through the roof. Learn to enjoy your drinks straight or seek out some lower-calorie alternatives.

The Health Benefits of White Wine

There is a bit of a debate regarding the health benefits of white wine versus red wine. The main difference between the two is that in the production of white wine the skin is removed from the grapes before they are fermented. The skins are a part of the process in the production of red wine and it is believed that the skins themselves are what add the popular antioxidant and anti-bacterial properties we all crave.

White Wine and Your Heart

White wine alone doesn’t necessarily have a special property that can help you to prevent heart disease but it is an alcohol and there are properties in alcohol itself that can help. The compounds in alcohol help to raise your good cholesterol levels (HDL) while keeping your bad cholesterol levels (LDL) a little lower. Alcohol also has a blood-thinning effect which helps to prevent the buildup of plaque in your arteries.

Stocking a Home Bar: The Essentials

Are you preparing to stock your first home bar? If so, you’ll want to stock up on as many of the essential liquors and mixers as possible without blowing your budget (or diet and health and well being) out of the water. There are some things you’ll want to have on hand all of the time and there are some things you can pick up as you need them. Here’s how you can get yourself started.

Stocking Up on the Basics

Every good bar has some vodka, gin, and rum on hand. If you are an avid drinker you may want to pick up a couple of premium names, like Skyy, Tanquary, or Goslings. If you’re on a budget and don’t mind drinking stuff that isn’t off the top shelf, or if you are planning to entertain friends, go for cheaper options and pick up your top shelf liquors one at a time as you have some extra cash on hand. Other basic essentials include whiskey, bourbon, scotch, and tequila.

5 Tips for Safer Alcohol Consumption

It doesn’t matter how many shots you consume, the number of beers you chug, or how low in calorie your favorite beverages are – you are consuming alcohol. What does matter is your safety and here at Healthy Liquors we believe that alcohol can be good for you – but only if consumed in a safe and responsible manner. Regardless of your age or drinking habits, there are a few things you should always do to ensure your safety and that of those around you.

Drink Slowly

You shouldn’t be drinking to get drunk. A low-risk drinker who is out to enjoy the company of friends while appreciating a nice glass of wine or a cocktail doesn’t need to chug his alcohol. A study done by St. Peter’s College indicated that consuming more than 2 alcoholic beverages does not increase the likelihood that you will feel sensations of pleasure. Limiting yourself to 2 drinks will keep you feeling healthy and energized without adding a ton of extra calories to your diet.

One Shot of Brandy Each Day, Keeping the Doctor Away

Alright, alright – so the original saying is that an apple a day can keep the doctor away, but the truth of the matter is that brandy may be just as beneficial in maintaining your health and longevity as red wine or beer. The health benefits of brandy are varied, but may just justify this sometimes costly indulgence.

Antioxidants in Brandy

While no doctor will recommend crossing your daily multivitamin off of your list of things to ingest each day, some studies have shown that a single shot of brandy can have a similar effect. Brandy contains enough in antioxidants to act like your multivitamin’s content of vitamin C. It only takes about 30 milliliters of brandy (approximately 1 ounce) to take advantage of this benefit. Your doctor, however, will not recommend skipping your vitamins on the days you indulge. Make sure you do both.

Myths about Alcohol and Your Health

While we’re all about the health benefits of liquor here, what we don’t want is for you to be walking around with a bunch of misconceptions – thinking that alcohol does things for your body that it does not. While the vitamins and nutrients in wine, beer, and other liquors can be incredibly beneficial in moderation, some things will never change.

Alcohol is Calorie Free

Despite this rumor, alcohol does contain calories – some more significant in count than others. It is important for you to pay attention to the number of calories in a glass of wine, beer, or liquor so that you don’t sabotage any weight loss plans you are on. Let’s take a look at a 12oz serving of beer as an example:

Vodka and Your Health

Over in Russia, vodka is a well-known and well-loved national beverage. While it’s just as favored for its strength and flavor in the United States, it wasn’t until recently we started to hear about the health benefits of vodka.

Vodka and Russian History

Vodka, believe it or not, did not start its life as a beverage for enjoyment. The term was literally used to describe medications, known as tinctures, made from the elixir. Many of its uses were not internal, but external. In times of war, vodka can be used not only as an antiseptic, but as a mild sedative or diuretic as well. Because it is merely diluted alcohol, vodka has been used as a disinfectant, for both surgical materials and wounds. Imagine having a shot of vodka poured over an open wound because there are no other antiseptic solutions within reach. Ouch!

The Health Benefits of Red Wine

Every red wine has its own personality – a distinct smell and a bitter, dry, or silky aged taste. We enjoy a nice glass of wine when out for a nice meal, using it to bring out the flavors of some of the best foods, or while relaxing at home with family or friends. Scientists have long been promoting the incorporation of red wine into a healthy diet. They know that the health benefits of red wine, when consumed in moderation, can be life-altering. Here’s why.

Antioxidant Effects

The skin of the red grapes used to make red wine contains a chemical called resveratrol. Resveratrol is considered to be an antioxidant. Antioxidants work by repairing damage done to your body’s cells by the oxygen byproducts created in the body by the free radicals in the air. Ingesting high levels of this compound mean your chances of developing heart disease and some types of cancer are decreased.

Beer and Your Heart

While the average healthcare provider won’t necessarily jump up and down over your desire to add beer to your healthy diet and eating plan, the truth of the matter is beer isn’t necessarily as bad for you as some might want you to believe. Depending on the brand you drink, you’ll find the average number of calories in beer is relatively low, ranging anywhere from 55 to 220. Having a low calorie count isn’t beer’s only benefit.

Beer and Heart Disease

There have been several studies touting the health benefits of beer, comparing beer consumption to the risk of stroke and coronary artery disease. The New England Journal of Medicine found that individuals who consumed moderate amounts of beer, which they defined as more than 1 beer per week, could see a decrease in the chance of stroke of up to 20%.

Welcome to Healthy Liquors

Welcome to HealthyLiquor.com! In the next few weeks we will be posting a growing database of Liquors and wines nutritional and caloric count. We will be searching the internet, researching with doctors, nutritionists and the like to make HealthyLiquor.com informative and easy to navigate. Please bookmark us and check back frequently for new facts and fictions on alcohol.