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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