Red wine drinkers have less belly fat than spirits or beer drinkers business insider

According to a study, red wine drinkers have less abdominal fat than people who drink beer, white wine or spirits.

According to nutritionist Rhiannon Lambert, red wine tends to be consumed in smaller amounts, which can save calories.

Alcohol generally has no nutritional benefits, Lambert says.

In a new study published in the journal Obesity Science& Practice" was published, drinking red wine instead of beer, spirits or even white wine was associated with a lower abdominal fat percentage.

The researchers evaluated data from 1869 adults aged 40 to 79 and found that red wine drinkers had less visceral fat. This is the fat that coats the abdominal organs and can be linked to an increased risk of cardiovascular disease and metabolic syndrome.

Participants had provided information regarding their alcohol consumption. In addition, their height and weight were measured and blood samples and body composition were examined.

It was also found that people who drank small amounts of white wine had better bone mineral density, writes study author Brittany Larsen.

However, nutritionist Rhiannon Lambert told Business Insider that there are many variables that may have influenced these results – and that alcohol per se should not be considered a healthy drink. "Alcohol has no nutritional benefits that justify its consumption," Lambert said.

red wine drinkers have less belly fat than spirits or beer drinkers business insider

Red wine has more polyphenols than white wine

Certain organic compounds, known as polyphenols, are about ten times more abundant in red wine than in white wine, says Lambert.

"Their antioxidant and anti-inflammatory properties may have preventive and/or therapeutic effects for cardiovascular disease, neurodegenerative disease, cancer and obesity," she said.

According to Lambert, the lower belly fat percentage of red wine drinkers may be explained by the fact that red wine may be a beverage that tends to be consumed in moderation. Other types of alcohol were often consumed in larger amounts in comparison, he said.

Red wine drinkers have less belly fat than spirits or beer drinkers business insider

Clear spirits with sugar-free mixed drinks have the fewest calories

A person gains weight when he or she consumes more calories than he or she burns off. One gram of alcohol has about seven calories. High-proof drinks, especially clear spirits like gin and vodka, are often preferred by people watching their weight because there are typically fewer calories in these liquors than in beer, wine, and cocktails.

A drink of gin and sugar-free tonic, for example, contains about 90 calories, 250 milliliters of white wine, on the other hand, 200 calories, and an average half-liter of beer contains about 240 calories. However, Lambert said spirits can be high in sugar when combined with mixed drinks. A mix of vodka, lime and soda water would be a low-sugar choice.

red wine drinkers have less belly fat than spirits or beer drinkers business insider

In the end, however, it is always the moderation in which alcoholic beverages are consumed that is crucial. "Extensive alcohol consumption can lead to health problems such as high blood prere, heart disease, liver disease and depression," Lambert said, adding that alcohol also stimulates the appetite – leading people to eat more in addition.

She advises, "If you want to permanently reduce your alcohol consumption, start by establishing a few alcohol-free days each week".

This text was translated from English. You can find the original here.

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