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Wine vs Beer: Which is Better?

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The world has always been spectacularly divided when it comes to beer or wine. Which do you prefer? There’s no accounting for taste, but these drinks offer subtle differences that can affect your body and health

So, wine vs. beer – which is better? Which one do you prefer? Is beer more fattening? How does beer affect your health compared to wine? 

Which Can Get You Drunk Quickly?

Inebriation depends on the types of beer or wine that you’re drinking. Although a pint of lager has the same alcohol content as a medium glass of wine, wine enters the bloodstream quicker than beer. Wine can peak after 54 minutes of drinking, while beer can peak 62 minutes after drinking.

Wine contains 3.2 times more alcohol.You will need to drink 2250 ml of beer to get the same alcohol that wine contains. This means you will feel inebriated more quickly with wine.

Which Drink Has More Calories?

A pint of beer has about 180 calories, which is roughly equal to a slice of pizza. It has 50% more energy content than a glass of wine. You can pile on the pounds if you drink several bottles of beer a day.

However, for moderate drinks, the difference between a pint of beer and a glass of wine is quite minimal. Neither wine or beer drinkers could put on a lot of weight over a short period of time with moderate consumption.

Why Drink Beer?

Hops have been proven to help treat anxiety, restlessness, and insomnia as well as other sleep disturbances. It contains the values of fiber, vitamin B, folate, protein, and niacin. Hops can also help strengthen your bones and bone mineral density.

The drawback to drinking beer includes dehydration, heartburn, hangovers, and dependency.  Prolonged and excessive beer consumption can also result in liver damage. Beer is not helpful if you are trying to cut back on carb consumption.

Although the calories do add up with beer consumption, this drink offers nutritional value. So much so, that this widely consumed beverage is considered good for your health when taken in moderation.

Why Drink Wine?

5 ounces of red wine contains just about 125 calories.  A glass of red wine contains about 187 mg of potassium and a significant amount of fiber.  It also contains resveratrol, which helps fight the effects of aging. It also contains flavonoids which help protect your skin against UV rays.

On the other hand, white wine can be acidic, which can take a toll on your teeth’s enamel. Red wine can also trigger migraine attacks. Excessive amounts can cause dehydration, hangovers, dependency, and liver damage. It can also elevate your triglycerides, which can then result in obesity, diabetes, heart disease, and kidney disease.

Lesser calorie content doesn’t translate immediately to a much healthier drink. Moderate consumption of red wine is good for your heart, but beer offers the same benefits. At the end of the day, if you have to choose between wine and beer, your choice will depend on your taste. Regardless of your choice, you need to remember to drink moderately.

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