Wednesday, March 10, 2010

A Drink a Day May Help With Weight Control: Study

Source: The Globe and Mail (Summary by NIM)

A drink a day - does it keep the doctor away? Perhaps not, but it might help with keeping the numbers on the scale at bay. As the seemingly never ending debate regarding alcohol and health rages on, we have another study touting the benefits of a drink a day, but this time, in terms of weight control.

According to researchers at Brigham and Women’s Hospital in Boston, one to two drinks per day may help women control their weight better than those who abstain from drinking all together. The study included 19,220 women age 39 or older with a body mass index in the normal range whose weights and drinking habits were monitored over a period of 13 years.

During the span of the study, the overall trend was that all women gained some weight, however those who never drank ended up gaining the most weight of all. Moderate drinkers gained the least weight. Red wine seemed to have the most beneficial effect in terms of slowing the rate of weight gain.

David Lau, president of Obesity Canada, says we should take these findings with a grain of salt:“It’s more of an association rather than a link to the mechanism whereby alcohol might actually bring about differences in energy balance,”

Find out more about the details of this study in the article called "A drink a day could help keep the pounds away" from the Globe and Mail (Mar. 9, 2010).