Tuesday, June 14, 2011

The ADA bravely tackles acute American male beer drinking deficiency syndrome!

Yup, the American Dietetic Association wants me to drink, to "Have a Brewski, Help my Health!".

Of course so does the Harvard School of Public Health, but unlike the ADA, they don't try to appeal to my inner College student to sell me on it.

Harvard's take on alcohol is a sober (pun intended) reflection on the heart benefits of alcohol vs. the real risks of problem drinking.

The ADA?

Aside from the cardiovascular benefits, apparently my inspired-by-the-ADA, nightly, beer drinking, is going to:

"be kind to my kidneys",

"is a surprising source of fiber",

"is rich in B-Vitamins",

and will,
"strengthen my skeleton".
According to the ADA's president elect Ethan A. Bergman, PhD, RD, CD, FADA, an ice-cold "brewski" is,
"the perfect way to relax at the end of the day"
Really ADA? Of all the healthy foods and beverages out there, the one you think should headline your new Men's Health page is beer? That's the super-food American men aren't getting enough of?

And what about the 15lbs a year that a beer a night could land you? Well don't you worry, the ADA has you covered there as also prominently featured on their new men's health page are articles like,
"Grill Your Way to a Six Pack"


"Want to Get Lean? Eat Fat!"

Pretty soon all American men will look exactly like the guy in the photo up above - grilling our way to six packs, eating sausages and drinking kidney happy, bone strengthening, B-vitamin and fiber filled beer every night to relax!

Now I enjoy a BBQ and a cold beer as much (or more) than the next guy, but ADA, did you really think that just because you've got the words "men's health" on your new men's health page, that you had to come at men with the same sort of brilliance as Men's Health (the magazine)? No higher standards here.

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  1. So what? What's wrong with alcohol (beer in this case or wine) health benefits with moderate consumption (1 a day for woman and 1-2 for men)
    I don't get your point Yoni!

  2. Anonymous7:32 am

    Really Paul?

    You can't understand what's wrong with the American Dietetic Association promoting beer as health food?

    Where's that PhD from again?

  3. Roman Korol8:10 am

    Ethanol (alcohol) is a poison and not exactly the kind of substance that ought to be jocularly promoted by health-conscious organizations. Yoni's point is the same one that is made by Dr. Robert Lustig, MD, Professor of Pediatics at UCSF, Div. of Endocrinology and Metabolism, in the video-lecture titled Sugar, the Bitter Truth


    While sugar and fructose are the lecture's main topics, check out minute 56:49 and onwards, where Dr. Lustig details the metabolism of alcohol in the liver. Ethanol is not exactly a health food, it causes VLDL (which needless to say is ultra-bad), produces uric acid and can provoke gout and lead to hypertension. You don't necessarily get all those effects with your first shot, but, as Lustig quips, many of us have been to college and can infer what he means. See 51:30 for a complete list of ill effects of ethanol. Yes, I think I see Loni's point.

  4. I don't belong to the ADA anymore but interesting. Thanks for sharing. Most people, when they have a beer, don't just stop at one - two. There is some misconception I have received with clients that alcoholism only comes from "hard liquor". Glorification with beer ads (I will admit some of the funniest ads)increases the intake. Alcohol does increase the risk of breast cancer in small doses.

  5. I'm currently getting a cyber smackdown on the Boston Globe's column about promoting "healthy snacking which is a verbatim ADA advice column. If you care to join in the comments, the link's at my name.

  6. Well, the battle will be difficult: More adults drinking daily, study finds : http://www.theglobeandmail.com/life/health/new-health/health-news/more-adults-drinking-daily-smoking-pot-study-finds/article2058969/

  7. Wow! I'm agog... I guess they aren't too concerned about the alcohol messing up one's glucose.

  8. I'm sure beer is a perfect place to apply Yoni's standard indulgence questions: Is it worth the calories and how much do I need to be happy. (For me the answers are 1)only if it's good beer, and 2) 1-2/week)