Wine Drinkers Thinner Than Beer Drinkers

Wine Drinkers Thinner Than Beer Drinkers
Moderate drinking is linked to a reduced risk of heart disease and increased longevity. This result has been shown so many times that some health experts think that nondrinkers should be encouraged to “tip a few” from time to time. Alcohol contains 7.5 kcal per gram, so conventional wisdom suggests that it should promote weight gain. Spanish researchers, in a six-year study, showed that the type of alcohol people drank influenced body composition. People who consumed seven or more beers or spirits per day gained weight, while people who drank equal amounts of wine gained less weight. Red wine increases cell aromatase levels, which boosts estrogen levels and leads to a lower weight gain. However, the differences in weight gain between wine and beer drinkers was not that great, so we question the practical significance of the study. (Nutrition, 27: 796-801)

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