We often associate excessive beer consumption with males who are, lets say: " less than skinny": Beer however, is not the only culprit when we talk about beverages that are loaded with the capacity to help us gain weight. Mixed drinks which contain loads of carbohydrate, coffee, and soft drinks may be more problematic than the food we eat every day, and are often more troublesome than snacks and desserts. Michael Pollen may not consider the snacks and desserts food anyway. Have you read this reporter's material on healthy eating?
The calories from alcohol based drinks may not be generated so much from their carbohydrate content (for the exception of sweet mixed drinks) but are the result of consuming alcohol which our bodies process differently than carbohydrates. One bottle of wine contains about 640 calories. Only about 20% of the calories come from carbohydrates and about 80% come from the alcohol itself. We can count 4 calories for each gram of carbohydrate and about 7 calories for each gram of alcohol. A five oz. glass of wine contains about 125 calories. A 12 oz. glass of regular beer about 153 calories, a light beer about 103 calories, and a 9 oz pina collada about 490 calories. Maybe I'll have two?
There really is no need to avoid a glass of wine if we are trying to lose weight, but we do need to be careful to drink in moderation if we don't want to undermine or sabotage our weight loss efforts. More importantly we want to experience less frustration and understand why we are not being successful when we put so much great effort into looking better and improving our health. In addition there may be other related reasons why we might limit the second or third glass of wine which might undermine our sense of well-being and happiness. Just remember those calories are out there and they may be hiding.
By Donald Recupido