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Alcohol- Health Pro or Health Con?

Health benefits and risks of alcohol

by Meri Raffetto RD, LDN  |  5302 views  |  1 comment  |        Rate this now! 

  • Alcohol has 7 calories per gram compared to 4 calories per gram of carbohydrate and protein, and 9 calories per gram of fat.
  • Avoid drinking alcohol to help you sleep. It will get you to sleep faster but not help you to stay asleep.
  • Contrary to popular belief, alcohol will not keep you warm in cold weather. Instead it tends to increase the body's heat loss making you more susceptible to cold.
  • Some mixed drinks such as margaritas or a long island iced tea can be more than 600 calories per drink.

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Meri Raffetto is a Registered Dietitian, and a columnist for Work It, Mom! and the founder of Real Living Nutrition Services, an online weight loss program that empowers people to make small changes s

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1 comment so far...

  • This is a nice summary of an often confusing topic. Thanks. Oh, but no thanks for ruining my day with that note about margaritas being loaded with calories. Grrr. This is not what a girl wants to hear!

    Flag as inappropriate Posted by Diane on 26th November 2007