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Look at what you drink

Alcohol accounts for about five percent of adults' calorific intake .
Sodas and sugar sweetened beverages aren't the only drinks contributing calories to people diets. Sugary drinks, often the target of public health campaigns and an upcoming New york city law, accounts for six percent of adults' calories.
The Government researchers said that the findings deserve attention because, like soda,alcohol contain few nutrients but plenty of calories.

Do you drink ? If yes, don't you wish to live a long life ?.

7 blog comments below

So no one here on frihost drinks liquor ?
Wow, am i in a place where everyone is a tee-totaller ?, Wink
andro_king on Mon Nov 26, 2012 7:19 pm
Like soda, it's fine in moderation.

I have the occasional drink, but, I'm well below average on the volume and calories consumed.
Ankhanu on Mon Nov 26, 2012 8:03 pm
5% of one's calories doesn't seem like a lot. Out of the typical 2000-calorie diet, that's only 100 calories, which is about one cup of soda a day, I believe. Concerning beer, that would mean about one cup (8 oz) per day. Unlike soda, most of beer's calories come from plants. Studies have shown that there is a correlation with light drinking and better health. Therefore, I believe that soda should be a bigger concern than alcohol.
hw3patch on Thu Nov 29, 2012 6:55 am
"Unlike soda, most of beer's calories come from plants."
Where do most of soda's calories come from? Isn't it the high sugar and/or high fructose corn syrup content? Those are plant products too.
Ankhanu on Thu Nov 29, 2012 5:54 pm
asnani04 on Thu Nov 29, 2012 6:14 pm
I phrased that incorrectly. After all, all foods come from plants, whether directly or indirectly. The point I was trying to get at is that soda is processed (with cryptically-named ingredients, and ingredients such as caffeine and, like you mentioned, high fructose corn syrup or artificial sweeteners) while beer is more natural (mostly water, and fermented starches).

Also, beer has far more nutrients than soda. From Wikipedia's Beer Page:
"Brewer's yeast is known to be a rich source of nutrients; therefore, as expected, beer can contain significant amounts of nutrients, including magnesium, selenium, potassium, phosphorus, biotin, chromium and B vitamins. In fact, beer is sometimes referred to as 'liquid bread'"

From the same page:
"The moderate consumption of alcohol, including beer, is associated with a decreased risk of cardiac disease, stroke and cognitive decline."

Contrary to beer, studies have shown a correlation between higher levels of soft drink consumption and worse health.
hw3patch on Fri Nov 30, 2012 10:09 pm
Gotcha. (though some of my favourite sodas are sweetened with cane sugar and flavoured with natural ingredients too)
Ankhanu on Fri Nov 30, 2012 11:59 pm

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