I do enjoy a glass of good red wine - but I consider it an "extra" that I work into my day the way some people work in a few french fries or a cookie. Something that "in a tiny treat size portion isn't going to hurt you" (and might possibly, as in the case of chocolate, contain certain elements that are actually "good for you.") I consider it something to indulge in only AFTER meeting my minimum calorie requirements with actual food. I stick to 2- to 4-ounce servings on the days that I have the calories to do so.
8 ounces a day sounds like quite a lot... that's 200 calories for wine alone, which means 200 calories not available to you for the purpose of getting the protein, carbs, vitamins, etc. that you should be getting each day.
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On the second page it specifically says that no one should start drinking as a way to medicate/improve health, if the don't drink already. If you like wine, a glass a day is fine, but as a cholesterol reducer there are other diet and exercise options that won't also have a negative effect on your health. Don't get me wrong - I enjoy alcohol, but while it may have a positive effect or 2 on some health markers, it's not actually healthy. If I'm honest it is probably my single biggest setback on my weight loss journey, and a big reason I got to the weight I did in the first place. Not just the calories in it, but the associated behaviors that come with drinking.
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My husband is french, and we live half our lives in Paris. Wine, especially red, is a necessary part of my daily diet. I work it in, how ever I have to!
That said, I don't think adding it *specifically* to help cholesterol is that great a plan. It probably does help, and we know that alcohol breaks down meat (you can tenderize with it) so that helps, but only if you already love it. It's very easy to go overboard (been there, looked at teh whole bottle and said 'wait, who drank this' heh), and it does pack some serious cals.
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