January’s over and what long month it’s been. Why does January always seem to stretch so much longer than the other months of the year? Maybe it’s because after the excitement of Christmas and starting a new year, it’s all just a bit flat? Or maybe it’s because you took part in Dry January, the annual ‘look at us, we can go a whole month without a drink fest!’
Well, the good news is, it’s over now and with booze back on the agenda, you can be a bit more informed in your choices. How? Just check out how good they are for you.
Oh yes, some of your favourite drinks have some fairly impressive nutritional benefits.
Now, you all know the stuff about drinking responsibly, so I won’t go on about that. What I'm going do is simply give you the low down on the drinks and their nutrients.
Beer supports your immune system, DNA and liver
It's one of the oldest drinks in the world with the earliest evidence of it going back to 3500 – 3100BC in Iran!
Highest nutrient - Vitamin B6 - 25% of your recommended daily amount (RDA)
For your immune system, contributes to oxygen circulation and to keep you feeling happy
For your cells, immune system, mood, DNA, heart, brain and energy creation
Lager is fermented cool—45–50 degrees F (7–10 degrees C) and conditioned close to freezing, so the yeast spews far less of its flavoursome by-products into it, giving you a much milder flavour than bitter.
Highest nutrient - Niacin (B3) - 27% of your RDA
Keeps your cells talking to each other, is vital for your energy production and may protect you from cancer
Good for your immune system and cellular energy plus is a good source of flavonoids
When the first wine labelled as a rosé was produced is not known, but it is very likely that many of the earliest red wines made were closer in appearance to today's rosés than they would be to modern red wines.
Highest nutrient - Resveratrol - 35% of your CheckYourFood (CYF) recommendation Transports oxygen from your lungs to your body and is vital for your growth, mental skills, healing and your immune system
We’re not encouraging you to rush out and start drinking, rather bear in mind that some drinks are better than others. If you’re going to drink spirits, choose fruit juices as your mixer instead of sugar laden fizzy drinks.
Remember drink responsibly; know what nutrition is in your drink!
Drink sizes: Pints, medium 175ml glass of wine and a double cream liqueur. RDA recommended daily amount based on an average person.
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