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Old 08-23-2007, 11:30 AM   #31
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Fun fact: mixing fruits with alcohol increases the antioxidant effects already found in those fruits.

So alcohol CAN have health benefits!

Just not on its own. :)
Unfortunately, 99% of the people who put fruit in their alcohol, drink the alcohol and leave the fruit in lying in the bottom of the container, untouched!
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Old 08-23-2007, 12:05 PM   #32
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Then, there's the old biker's theory that "there's a pork chop in every can."
I'd never heard that but now I want a T-shirt!
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Old 09-14-2007, 01:37 PM   #33
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The USDA does have some nutritional content on alcoholic beverages... If you google for "usda nutrient database" (with the quotes), and go to the first page in the results (I'd post a direct link but I'm not allowed to yet..*sigh*), you can get info for some alcoholic beverages...

The page title should be "US Dept of Agriculture Nutrient database for Standard Reference"

For example, you'll get data searching for "whiskey" but not "bourbon".
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Old 09-15-2007, 09:01 AM   #34
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We don't drink the hard stuff, but we do drink beer. To cut down on the calories and alcohol we drink light beer.
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Old 09-21-2007, 10:35 AM   #35
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Well, one thing you should know:

Carbohydrates and Proteins = 4 calories per gram
Fat = 9 calories per gram
ALCOHOL = 7 calories per gram

Out of these categories, alcohol is the most troublesome, because it is providing you with empty calories. Fat, has a purpose. Carbs, have a purpose. Protein, has a purpose. Alcohol, however, does little to nothing for you. Granted, there are some benefits depending upon the drink, but overall alcohol is terrible for you.
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Old 09-21-2007, 11:18 AM   #36
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Alcohol should be consumed in moderation....or course. Further, Alcohol brings some health benefits to the table including lower cholesterol and less chance of heart disease. Now, concerning the calories.

Alcohol is metabolized by the liver. When alcohol (ethanol to be exact) is metabolized, it is converted to acetate. Acetate is an energy source (thus the 7 calories). The human body will preferentially use acetate as a fuel source if it is present. Acetate is capable of fueling every single physiological function in the human body from thermogenesis to physical work.

The interesting thing about acetate as a fuel is that it does NOT have a macromolecular storage form. That is, if there is excess present (more acetate fuel than needed for the current workload), it can not be converted and stored for later use. Carbohydrates are stored as glucose, fats are stored as fatty acid, and proteins as amino acids....but acetate can not be stored. Thus, it must be burned and it will remain in the blood stream until it has been burned thus keeping your body from burning other fuel sources.

This means that when you drink alcohol, any food that you have eaten or any fat in the blood stream will be converted and stored for later use while your body is fueled by the acetate. This means that excess alcohol does not cause you to gain weight due to its caloric value. No, on the contrary, itís the regular food you eat that will cause the weight gain since the alcohol (acetate) must be burned first before your body will resume burning regular food sources for energy. In fact, studies have shown that men that have replaced set quantities of food calories with alcohol calories actually lose weight since acetate can not be stored in the body and must be burned.
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Old 09-21-2007, 11:50 AM   #37
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I'm ready for a cocktail!!!
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I'm ready for a cocktail!!!
And it's about time for one round your side of the world, isn't it!
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Old 09-21-2007, 04:01 PM   #39
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In fact, studies have shown that men that have replaced set quantities of food calories with alcohol calories actually lose weight since acetate can not be stored in the body and must be burned.
Does it work for women, too?
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Old 09-21-2007, 04:07 PM   #40
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Does it work for women, too?
Yep! Although women metabolize alcohol a bit differently than men, and are typically affected (intoxicated) more quickly, the physiology of burning the acetate is the same.
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