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Vodka instead of wine?

Aimee Raupp is the author of Chill Out & Get Healthy, a practical guide for women that explores how to nourish body and soul, decrease general anxiety, manage overwhelming stressors, maintain and improve fertility factors, and fight the ...

No more wining

Depending on your taste for wine this may or may not disappoint you: Wine is nearly not as healthy for you as vodka. Find out the unhealthy reasons that may be a deal-breaker and what a better alcoholic alternative is.

What's the deal?

"But, I thought wine was good for my heart", we hear you say. And, yes, wine does contain certain phytochemicals (naturally occurring plant-derived compounds) that research has shown to be heart-healthful. Once you drink more than a "healthful" share (one 5-ounce drink for a woman or two for a man), however, you lose those health benefits -- and gain a few negative effects.

Whoa. Stop for a moment and try to recall the last time you had just five stinkin' ounces of wine!

Why wine is not so healthy

In addition to those plant compounds, wine has a good amount of sugar and yeast. Sugar is evil, and together with yeast, it can wreak havoc on your precious body and cause you to age faster than you'd like to!

The bad-for-your-health sugar and yeast components in wine are present in so many other libations, too... such as champagne, beer, cosmos, mojitos and that delish margarita on the rocks.

Why vodka could be a more healthful option

Vodka, on the other hand, is sugar- and yeast-free (unless it has added sugar). Vodka typically is distilled dozens of times (if not hundreds) per batch. Fortunately for us, the 19th-century invention that enabled multiple distillations in a single cylinder also allows distillers to achieve unprecedented levels of purity. Sure, vodka is 40 percent alcohol, but the other 60 percent is water.

This libation is one of the cleanest out there because when a grain, fruit or vegetable is distilled, all sugars are left behind, making the resulting substance quite pure. In fact it's so pure that, if consumed in moderation -- meaning one or two cocktails, one to two nights per week -- it will leave you feeling perfectly fine in the morning. 

 

When you mix vodka with seltzer water (not cranberry juice, not ginger ale), it remains clean because seltzer water contains zero added sugar.  Add a couple of lime or lemon wedges (or even try watermelon slices!) and, voila, you have a refreshing, sugarless cocktail.

 

Shopping Tip: I think potato vodkas (like ZYR) are the best, mainly because the other two common bases are wheat and soy, which are common allergens. These days, even some fantastic organic vodkas are out there, such as TRU and Vodka 14! Give 'em a try!

 


For more tips on ways to manage your health, decrease stress and age more gracefully, check out Chill Out & Get Healthy!

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