About alcoholic beverages
Some of you have asked us whether it is possible or not to include alcoholic beverages in your menu. Except in the case of gastro-oesophageal reflux, for which alcohol is contra-indicated because of its irritant effect on the inner lining of the oesophagus, alcohol can be included, subject to certain conditions:
- Consumption should be light or moderate, that is, one drink per day for women and one or two a day for men;
- The weekly consumption of alcohol should not exceed 9 drinks for women and 14 drinks for men. But these drinks should be spread out over the course of the week. For example, drinks that were not consumed one day should not be carried over to the weekend;
- It is advisable to drink while eating and not on an empty stomach;
- Opt for red wine in place of white wine, as the former contains Resveratrol, a powerful antioxidant;
- Don’t forget that the calories in alcoholic beverages will get added to the ones in your menu: A standard drink of wine (1/2 cup or 125 ml) contains around 100 calories; a glass of beer (350 ml) has around 150 calories, while a standard drink of hard liquor (45 ml) such as gin (40% alcohol) contains around 110 calories.