Wine drinkers eat healthier than Beer drinkers
January 20th, 2006
Wine and Fruit
A study first
published in the BMJ online edition showed that wine drinkers had
healthier diets than beer drinkers.
studied data from 3.5 million sales transactions from 98 retail
supermarket chains in Denmark over a time period from September 2002
through February 2003.
They organized the
data in groups of wine only, beer only, mixed, or non-alcohol
consumers. They also kept track of what items they bought and the total
amount of each transaction spent on a shopping trip.
discovered that wine buyers were more likely to buy healthy food items
such as olives, fruit, vegetables, poultry, cooking oil, low-fat cheese,
and meat. Beer consumers bought more often pre-cooked food dishes,
sugar, cold cuts, chips, pork, butter or margarine, sausages, lamb, and
assume that the people purchasing the wine and beer are also drinkers of
the beverages. Other research data shows that in the US, Denmark, and
France that wine drinkers tend to eat fruit, vegetables, fish, and cook
with oil and stay away from saturated fat more often.
substances which offer health benefits, and may be why health conscious
people tend to drink wine. Health benefits need to be addressed on the
whole with nutrition and exercise as part of the whole picture.
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