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Is wine really better for your heart than beer?

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Is wine really better for your heart than beer?
In several studies, moderate alcohol consumption has been associated with a reduced risk for certain cardiovascular diseases, such as coronary heart disease. But does your choice of drink really matter? Most health experts recommend the following hierarchy when choosing alcohol based on potential health benefits (such as antioxidant content): choose red wine over white wine; choose wine over beer; choose darker-colored beers over lighter-colored beers; and choose beer over hard liquor and liqueurs.

But while a few research studies suggest that wine may be more beneficial than beer or spirits in the prevention of heart disease, most studies do not support an association between type of alcoholic beverage and the prevention of heart disease. At present time, drinking wine for its antioxidant content to prevent heart disease is an unproven strategy. It still remains unclear whether red wine offers any heart-protecting advantage over white wine or other types of alcoholic beverages.

So if you already imbibe, do so in moderation (no more than 1 daily drink for women; 2 for men), and select your alcohol of choice. However, keep calories in mind; alcohol contains 7 calories per gram, and many drinks contain several hundred calories and lots of added sugar, which can be detrimental to your weight-management efforts.

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Heart Friendly Recipe

Low-Sodium Breakfast Sausage
Love your breakfast sausage but can't handle all the sodium? Try this lower sodium version: 25% less fat, and 1/10th of the sodium.

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Nutritional Info
Servings Per Recipe: 4
 Amount Per Serving
 Calories: 147.7
Total Fat: 11.1 g
Cholesterol: 37.5 mg
Sodium: 36.0 mg
Total Carbs: 0.6 g
  Dietary Fiber: 0.2 g
Protein: 10.1 g
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