Tuesday, October 18, 2011

Tuesday Tidbits - Tippling and Sipping

Our fridge is stocked with milk, unsweetened soy milk, seltzer water, and the occasional beer and white wine (amongst lots of food).  I start my day with coffee, drink water and green tea during the day and have a glass of wine, usually red, with dinner (or after) most nights.  When it comes to beverages, looks like our household is doing pretty well...

People who drank at least one diet soda a day increased their girth 70 percent more than did those who abstained over a 10-year period, while those who drank two or more diet sodas a day saw their belt size grow at a 500 percent greater rate. Chemists found that aspartame, used in the majority of diet drinks, forms acids and methanol in the liver, both of which can disrupt cell function and cause fat accumulation. Other studies show that the sweetener kills or inhibits the brain cells that signal feelings of fullness, causing diet-soda drinkers to overeat. 
Grape seeds contain compounds that may help ward off Alzheimer’s disease. Scientists found that grape-seed extract reduced levels of proteins linked to the development of the disease in mice. To help safeguard your brainpower, eat a Mediterranean-style diet that is rich in fruits and vegetables and enjoy a glass of red wine each day (Journal of Alzheimer’s Disease).  A drink a day may also protect against dementia in the elderly.  

A study in the Annals of Family Medicine found that people who sipped coffee or hot tea were 53 percent less likely to carry the bacteria methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus (MRSA) in their noses. Harboring the germ raises the risk of developing an antibiotic resistant infection by about 4 times. Temperature is key - iced drinks won’t fight the superbug.

Me without my coffee in the morning :)
Facts taken from Health, Men's Journal and Women's Health.

What's your healthy beverage of choice? 


  1. Water! I guess it's how I grew up, because NOTHING tastes better to me than water.

  2. I should drink more water during the day, but now I'm on a green tea kick.

  3. Mostly water, but I frequently have a big cup of hot green tea in the mornings. We're huge soda drinkers and have been making a big effort to cut back. Still way too much, but it's at a better point than it was.

  4. Ha! I start with a pot of coffee in the morning and finish the day with another pot. Just kidding on the second pot, but i do drink a glass or two of milk and try to get water too! :)


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