How Much Alcohol Is Safe? It Varies From One Person To The Next

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celebrateMany studies link light to moderate drinking (up to two standard alcoholic drinks per day for a man) to better health, but the science remains uncertain. Older men might consider limiting themselves to one drink per day.

A decent body of research has made the phrases “consume alcohol in moderation” and “good for the heart” go together like gin and tonic. But moderate drinking may not be good for everyone, so a personalized approach is best, reports the November 2014 Harvard Men’s Health Watch.

“For some people, depending on what medications you are taking and other factors, even light drinking might not be a good thing,” says Dr. Kenneth Mukamal, associate professor of medicine at Harvard-affiliated Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center. “For other people, moderate drinking could plausibly be beneficial.” “Moderate” when applied to alcohol means no more than two drinks a day for men and no more than one a day for women.

Healthy drinking?

Many studies have found a statistical link between light to moderate drinking and better health. Moderate drinkers appear to suffer fewer heart attacks and strokes, less diabetes, and stronger bones in older age, compared with people who drink lightly or not at all. In addition, some research finds that people who consume between two and six standard drinks per week—an average of less than one drink per day—are less likely to have cardiovascular disease.

But these findings don’t necessarily mean that alcohol itself is responsible for the healthy pattern. Perhaps moderate drinkers also eat healthier foods, exercise more, and control stress better.

Or, it might be that people who don’t drink are generally in poorer health, so they don’t drink alcohol because it interacts badly with their medications. That would tend to make moderate drinkers look healthier in comparison.

Drinking too much spells trouble. In men, the health effects show up as increased heart disease, stroke, and certain cancers—although part of this may be due to the fact that heavy drinkers may also use tobacco.

A personalized medicine approach starts with a conversation with a trusted doctor about whether moderate drinking is safe and prudent for you. “That’s a question well worth asking your physician,” says Dr. Mukamal.

Also in the November 2014 Harvard Men’s Health Watch:

* Sleep apnea solutions

* Preventive health screening tests you don’t need

* Group health activities: What’s in it for you?

* How to get help for hand pain

The Harvard Men’s Health Watch is available from Harvard Health Publications, the publishing division of Harvard Medical School, for $20 per year. Subscribe at or by calling 877-649-9457 (toll-free).

How Much Fruit Kids Need And 10 Ways To Get It!

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By Dr. Michael Wald

fruitcupThis year, we have been eating a lot of fruit around our house… a lot! Fruit is one of nature’s most perfect foods! It has enough calories and fiber to be filling. It is packed with antioxidants and vitamins that we haven’t even discovered yet. The carbs and natural sugars from fruit, sent to your brain for energy, cannot be matched with anything synthetic. Caffeine or refined sugars cannot compare with the energy from fruit.

How much fruit do kids need? The goal is to make half of every meal fruits and vegetables, but at the very least, kids ages 2-8 should be eating 1 1/2 cups of fruit per day.

For this to happen, and to train your kids to not be picky eaters, I recommend getting fruit in all varieties, including fresh, frozen, canned, dried, juiced, pureed etc. Just because fresh may be the healthiest way to eat fruits and vegetables, it doesn’t mean we shouldn’t teach kids to eat them in a variety of ways. Kids who experience different textures and tastes will be more likely have a more mature palate that is wiling to try new foods.

Our favorite ways to eat fruit include

1. Smoothies; take a few ounces of fruit juice (we like Orange Juice). Add a few spoonfuls of plain yogurt. Lastly a generous handful of frozen fruit (frozen strawberries, blueberries, bananas etc.) Blend and pour into tall glass.

2. Dips: skewer fruits such as melons, berries, bananas etc. Then provide a dip. Some of our favorites are yogurt and cottage cheese.

3. Fruit Salads; Just after your grocery trip, cut up, wash, and chop your fresh fruit. Store in an airtight container to eat from during the week. For breakfast, pull it out and provide your children with some fruit salad. For lunch, snacks etc, this is very convenient.

4. Convenient foods like fruit leather and dried fruit are perfect for an on the go, healthy snack.

kidseatinghealthy5. If you are all out of fruit, offer 100% fruit juice. Orange juice is still a good source of folate and vitamin C. Just limit juices so they do not interfere with a child’s appetite, or diminish his or her desire for real food. Or, make your own juices!

6. Give applesauce a different texture by making it yourself. Boil cut up apples with some cinnamon till the apples are soft. Mash apples with a fork. Include some of the cinnamon-flavored water if you need to make it smoother.

7. Pumpkin is a good source of Vitamins C and E and has loads of antioxidants. Mix canned pumpkin with applesauce, plain yogurt, or any baked goods such as breads or muffins.

8. Replace applesauce with oil in baked goods. Other mashed fruits you can add or substitute are mashed bananas or prunes.

9. Add frozen blueberries, strawberries, or other fruit to pancake batter, or top pancakes with berries after you pour the batter onto the griddle during cooking time.

10. Stir 100% fruit jam into plain yogurt and mix well.

11. Dr. Wald’s favorite fruit smoothie recipe: take a handful of organic, frozen, mixed fruit (available in most regular stores) and drop the handful into a blender; add ½ water and ½ organic apple juice (or only water) in an amount that is diluted to your taste and desired thickness. Add Dr. Wald”s, Reds Protect, Green Detox and Longevity Complete at 1/3, ½ or 1 full scoop of each depending upon taste. These special concentrated food powdered products have been especially designed by Dr. Wald to help meet and exceed the needs for nutrition normally found in a large variety of fruits and vegetables.

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