A Sip or Two is Good for You!

by Anne Bennett on March 16, 2010

Today would have been my mother’s 93rd birthday, and since she’d have been the first to lift her glass in celebration, it gives me great satisfaction to report the following: recent research suggests that women who drink moderately are 30% less likely than non-drinking women to become obese.

You read correctly. The study followed women aged 39 and older with normal BMIs (they were at healthy weights), for 13 years. Over that period of time, all of the women gained weight, but the women who did not drink alcohol at all gained the most weight! And here’s another paradox: weight gain decreased as alcohol intake increased.

We’re not talking about binge drinking. Women who drank consumed the equivalent of about 1 to 2 glasses of wine per day. Red wine drinkers were the slimmest, followed by white wine drinkers. Even beer and hard alcohol drinkers fared better than teetotalers.

What’s going on here? They’re not exactly sure, but preliminary explanations make sense–women who are able to moderate their intake of alcohol may be more successful at watching their food intake as well. Researchers also suggest that women who drink might be replacing higher calorie foods with a glass of wine. It’s all about choice and that pesky word “moderation”.

rodney-white-of-wine-women-and-songFinally, some good news for those of us who have given up almost everything else that’s either sinful or fattening or both.

Minerva, my mom, loved poetry. Here is a lovely one by William Butler Yeats (a wise man and a drinker). Happy Birthday, Mom. This one’s for you!

A Drinking Song
William Butler Yeats

Wine comes in at the mouth
And love comes in at the eye;
That’s all we shall know for truth
Before we grow old and die.
I lift the glass to my mouth,
I look at you, and I sigh.

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