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As Alcohol Intake Increases, Diet Quality Decreases

by Sandy Todd Webster on May 23, 2013

Food for Thought

While we are familiar with the blunting effect of alcohol on gains in metabolism and accelerated fat burning, researchers have found another reason why we should cut back on adult beverages: We tend to eat poorly on the days we imbibe.

A recent study by researchers at the National Institute on Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism (NIAAA), the National Cancer Institute and the U.S. Department of Agriculture has revealed that people who drink more are also likely to eat less fruit and to consume more calories from a combination of alcoholic beverages and foods high in unhealthy fats and added sugars.

“We found that as alcoholic beverage consumption increased, Healthy Eating Index (HEI-2005) scores decreased, an indication of poorer food choices,” said lead author Rosalind A. Breslow, PhD, an epidemiologist in NIAAA’s Division of Epidemiology and Prevention Research. “It’s important to note that our study did not determine the cause of these associations.” Created by the USDA, the HEI-2005 measures how closely diets conform to the 2005 U.S. Dietary Guidelines for Americans.

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Sandy Todd Webster

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Sandy Todd Webster is Editor in Chief of IDEA's publications, including the award-winning IDEA FITNESS JOURNAL and IDEA FOOD & NUTRITION TIPS, the industry's leading resources for fitness, wellness and nutrition professionals worldwide. Sandy joined IDEA in 2001 as executive editor of IDEA PERSONAL TRAINER and IDEA FITNESS MANAGER magazines and was promoted to lead the editorial team in 2003. More than 20 years in magazine publishing, marketing communications and creative services have shaped her straightforward approach to multi-channel communication. Early experience in Los Angeles as a sports writer/reporter, and then enriching years as a managing editor in allied health care publishing have pulled her across a spectrum of stimulating subject matter. Fitness, health and nutrition reside at the perfect center of this content continuum, she feels. A Chicago native, Sandy grew up fully engaged in various competitive sports. Her drive and dedication as an athlete translate to a disciplined work ethic and unwavering approach to challenge in her career. Shortly after graduating journalism school from Southern Illinois University-Carbondale, she was recruited to L.A. for her first post in magazine publishing. After two decades of working on magazines--and now in the throes of applying the unbelieveable multi-media content delivery options available in the magazine 2.0 world--she is still "completely in love" with the creative process it takes to deliver meaningful, inspirational content to end users. She is an accomplished home cook and gardner who would love to combine those skills and passions with her health and fitness background to continue educating readers about a well-balanced, healthy lifestyle.