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For years, health experts have continuously praised wine without consistent evidence to show that it actually offers greater benefits than beer. In the world, there are two kinds of people: wine drinkers and beer drinkers. Beer is often associated with belly while wine gets all the health credits. However, there is evidence that beer offers health benefits as well some of which are found in wine.
The standard measurement of alcohol in any drink is alcohol by volume. According to this measure, beer contains 4.5 percent of alcohol while wine contains 11.6 percent of alcohol. So when it comes to choosing beer or wine which one is the most suitable for you in terms of your health. Here, we focus on the different ways the two drinks affect your body and the myths surrounding them.

Details About Wine

Wine, specifically red wine contain a substance called polyphenol which is believed to aid with heart diseases, high blood pressure, and diabetes. Studies show that red wine contains ten times the amount of polyphenol compared to white wine. There is another type of wine called dealcoholized wine which undergoes fermentation and the ethanol is filtered then the polyphenol content is preserved. The dealcoholized wine helps reduce insulin resistance and increase levels of nitric oxide thus encouraging blood vessels relaxation. A survey suggested that if red wine is taken with a meal it offers more cardiovascular benefits than beer.

Pros

  • The red wine contains flavonoids a substance that protects your skin from UV rays.
  • The resveratrol and antioxidant compounds in red wine help with anti-aging effects and protection of blood vessels respectively.
  • Research shows that white wine helps keep lung tissue healthy.
  • A glass of wine contains five ounces (125 calories) and 187 mg of potassium which represents four percent of your daily value.
  • Wine contains high levels of silicon which is essential for your bone density.

Cons

  • The acidity in white wine is not good for your teeth since it can demineralize your teeth’s enamel.
  •  Wine triggers migraines.
  • The triglyceride in wine if elevated can lead to heart disease, diabetes, and kidney problem.
  • Studies have shown that resveratrol is not healthy as it is believed to be. This applies in cases of excessive consumption.

All About Beer

Most people refer to beer as an unhealthy drink in the market. A study conducted seems to disagree with this saying that beer has the same health benefits as wine. Moderate consumption of beer is beneficial to your health has it prevents dementia, heart conditions and promotes your mental well-being. According to California Polytechnic State University, craft beer which is less pasteurized contain niacin, vitamin B3 and brewer’s yeast which lowers bad cholesterol. Beer contains phenolic compounds but in low amounts as compared to wine. These compounds include epicatechins, quercetin, and gallic acid. According to a health professional, moderate beer drinkers are less likely to have a heart attack as compared to non-drinkers. It is proven that alcohol drinks like beer decrease cardiovascular disease and reduced breast cancer in women.

Pros

  • A study has shown that hops treat anxiety, restlessness, disturbance and inhibit obesity.
  • Nutrients like protein, B vitamins, folate, niacin, and fiber found in beer make it more like food.
  • There is a lower risk of kidney stone in beer drinkers.
  • It promotes an increase in HDL the ‘good’ cholesterol.
  • Beer contains low levels of sugar and also it’s cholesterol free.

Cons

  • A beer bottle can contain over 300 calories.
  • Excessive consumption of beer can lead to liver damage and hangovers.
  • Beer can also lead to dehydration, heartburn, goggles and loud burping.
  • Beer is high in carbs thus not helpful if you are trying to cut carbs.
  • Contains low sugars yet it can affect your blood glucose levels.
  • Excessive consumption of beer can cause intoxication.

Verdict

Whether you are a wine or beer person, moderate consumption has shown to improve your health. The worldwide spread that wine is better than beer has been proven to be quite untrue since the two drinks are found to have almost similar health benefits. In fact, the potential health benefits of wine are found only in red wine. If beer is your drink of choice, then you will receive health benefits from ethanol. After weighing in both side, it can be seen without doubts that both drinks are essential to our bodies and none of them has way much healthy benefits than the other. Remember alcohol consumption comes with responsibilities. However, the Dietary Guidelines for Americans 2015-2020 does not support drinking for non-drinkers for any reason including the health benefits.

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