But don’t pick a fight with your hubby over it: His alcohol influence can be great for your health. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention has named moderate drinking one of the key healthy lifestyle behaviors that can help you live longer—right up there with healthy eating and exercise. But with a buzz.
“Our finding suggests that even though married women drink more than others, this higher amount is still considered moderate,” says Reczek. Moderate drinking—defined as one drink a day for women—is the saucy sweet spot for health benefits ranging from weight loss and diabetes protection to a 40% slash in heart disease risk.
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Raise a glass to your health with these healthy drink varieties:
Best Beer: Miller64
Besides packing only 64 calories (duh), one bottle has 2.4 grams of carbohydrates, about a third as most other light beers.
Best Wine: Pinot Noir
It contains more antioxidants than any other alcoholic beverage. Plus, wine has been found to be better at boosting brainpower than beer or hard liquor.
Best Cocktail: Bloody Mary
One serving is sure to fill you up, and the antioxidant lycopene from the tomato juice provides a heart-healthy bonus.
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