What about alcohol? You know that we hear that one drink is okay or two drinks are okay and now it's just red wine.
You know the studies that I've read, and I'm not 100% up to date on this, but a small amount of alcohol ingested on a daily basis may have some positives in reducing your risk for heart disease or may help lower blood cholesterol levels.
Red wine may be preferred because of the antioxidants that you get and the other chemicals that come along with the wine. Obviously there is something in the red wine as opposed to the white that makes it more beneficial. Alcohol is the number one source of calories and you know that it is quite high. The higher the level of alcohol in the beverage the higher the caloric intake is. I think that one gram of alcohol would be five and a half calories. It is not as high as fat but not as low as protein and carbohydrates.
There are other aspects of that to think about, if you're trying to lose weight when you need extra calories. There are many other beverages that would provide many more nutrients. If you are trying to lose weight you need to question whether or not you need those extra calories from something that basically has no nutritional value. I would tend to be more negative about consuming alcohol because people tend to get out of hand when consuming it and the damage it can do to families as well as the individual.
So I would never be one to promote the drinking of alcohol because it has no nutritional value or health value. You know any benefit that alcohol can provide you can get from something else.
That brings up something that I totally skipped and that is a well balanced diet, just what is a well-balanced diet?
Following the food pyramid is a good place to start and maybe it's a good place to end for some people. If you take all the food you eat at the end of the week and then add them all up and how much variety there was, you will find that there really was not that much variety.
People generally have a dozen of foods that they like to eat and they will end up eating the same foods day after day for most of their life and that's where you run into problems. You get stuck in a rut and fail to incorporate a wide variety into your diet and fail to get the nutritional balance that you should be getting. If you do not know anything about food but incorporate a lot of varieties into your diet the chances of your being malnourished because you do not get the right nutrients going down hill.
I like fresh fruits and vegetables especially in the summer time. My wife does the grocery shopping and she and I like fresh fruit and vegetables. We'll just take a big salad bowl and fill it like the diet out there called the Rainbow diet. It's based on all the different colors of fruits and vegetables. So I will take purple grapes and onions and garlic and sprinkle some lettuce and if we have fresh strawberries I will add those cantaloupe and really your imagination is your only limitation. You know, just basically add all your favorite fruits and vegetables and throw in a couple of tablespoons of your favorite dressing and season it to taste. Mix it all up and you have an incorporation of all that variety. You get all of the vitamins and nutrients and minerals that you need in just one meal instead of just ingesting one kind of food.
My point is the more variety you can get in your diet, the greater the possibility that if you are missing something that you are going to get it. I am an advocate of getting a variety in your diet. It all comes down to looking at your budget and having some knowledge of getting what you need and looking at the food labels.