The 9 Healthiest Ways to Drink Alcohol
The Healthiest Ways to Drink
It’s easy to let all your hard work get undone by a few days off, but it's not just the work of piled-high platefuls and sugary sweets; booze is one of the biggest contributors to your belly. The recommended guidelines now state that there's no safe limit, advising drinkers to cut back to two days a week or less. So even when you are having a drink, how can you navigate this nutritional minefield and minimise the damage you're doing? With our help, of course.
Bubbly is ubiquitous in celebration. As it’s “lighter” than other wines, a glass of the good stuff clocks in at approximately 80 calories, meaning one or two isn’t the end of the world. It also has a positive effect onblood circulation.Where it’s lacking in red wine’s antioxidant powers, make up for it with the addition of a few strawberries, which theCritical Review of Food Science Nutritionhas proven to lower your risk of heart attack on top of being an anti-inflammatory. It will strike your spouse as a lovely thought to boot.
MH recommends:champagne is passé. If you want to impress from the get-go, English sparkly is currently enjoying a resurgence.Bolneyare offering a brut made with home-grown grapes.
Whether it’s few pints at the local or a long drink before dinner, beer is often the bevvy of choice. Fortunately, beer comes with a few benefits: rich in silicon, lagers and ales actually improves bone density according to theAmerican Journal of Clinical Nutrition. Beer can evenhelp you recover better after a race, although these benefits don't outweigh the downsides of one too many.
MH recommends: If you’re looking for more expensive craft beer, search out a Brewdog pint. For more traditional fare, you can’t go wrong with asmall-batch Signal lager.
There’s plenty of benefits to go along with wine’s regrets, but you’ll want to plump for red wine to get the full package. Noir will nourish antioxidant levels and assuage joint pain, as the tannins and quercetin in the bottle act as another anti-inflammatory. Red also encourages the “good bacteria” in your digestive tract, better and more fun than bottled yoghurt.
MH Recommends:Malbec is a grape that’s packed to the cork with cancer-fighting procyanidins, according to theJournal of Agricultural Food Chemistry.TheVina Cobos Felio Malbec 2013is a solid alternative to supermarket plonk.
Take control of your bar and guide it towards the martini. “Gin is one of the 'healthiest' spirits because it is extremely low in calories,” says Shoreditch mixologist Neil Mitchell. Juniper, the berry gin’s made from, also aids digestion. Opt for one of ourfour cocktails with health-boosting benefitsto get the full nutritional whack of other ingredients like basil and tomato juice.
MH Recommends:For stocking up the shelves in pre-party anticipation,Caorunnprovides a much more upmarket alternative to the usual Gordon’s.
There’s no point buying expensive spirits if you’re masking the flavour in a Bloody Mary, but a well-deserved nightcap deserves something more stately. Brandies and Cointreau are popular choices, with brandies in particular containing cancer-fighting ellagic acid, according to the journalFood Chemistry. But the crown of masculine bevvies belongs to whisky. With complex flavours varying from bottle to bottle and heart-protecting polyphenol chemicals, an expensive scotch will also net you serious man-points drank neat or with a little water.
MH Recommends:Impress your guests with a couple of mighty-sounding mid-range bottles.
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