So my wife and I were at a restaurant a little while ago when I overheard a conversation coming from the table next to us. One of the peeps at the table was saying:
“If you’re trying to lose weight, you should lay off the beer and drink something else like Ginger Ale.”
I started cringing. Terms like beer belly and beer gut have been tossed around for ages. Lately the soda companies have been in the spotlight….and not for the right reasons. Well this couple’s domestic got me thinking. If we’re talking about enjoying the odd pint or glass of soda here and there, which is the better option?
Let’s Pour the Pint First
So beer isn’t exactly Paleo. You won’t find it in any diet book and you probably won’t find it on the weight watchers plan either. Personally, I try to eat Paleo-ish most of the time. When I say most of the time, I think we should never really follow any form of diet or nutrition advice 100% to the letter. Hey you gotta live a little right? I love beer. Especially new and interesting craft beers. Something about the cold sweaty glass, on a hot summer afternoon. The colour. The way it hits my tongue. Jesus Christ I’m getting all wet just thinking about a pint of English Ale.
Although beer doesn’t contain the same nutrients as say, a kale smoothie it does at least contain some good things like electrolytes, vitamins and minerals. The hops, yeast, and grains in beer contains good carbohydrates, a small amount of B vitamins, and even some potassium. Your typical beer actually has more water per volume than soda.
In regards to weight gain, beer drinkers are always an easy target. You always hear terms such as “beer belly” and “beer gut” but beer isn’t necessarily to blame. People sporting beer bellies don’t usually have great diets or exercise habits. If you’re one to compare calories to calories a typical glass of beer actually has fewer calories than a glass of 2% milk or a glass of juice.
Here’s the Buzzkill
Beer obviously has alcohol in it. Drinking in excess effectively wipes away all the health benefits of beer. I’m sure you knew that.
Having too much of something like beer can also get you into plenty of trouble with the police, during wedding speeches, in the sack and even meeting your future in laws!
Excessive alcohol consumption damages things like the brain, kidneys and your nervous system. Beer also doesn’t give you the fullness feeling you get after eating a large meal so you tend to drink more and eat more. Ever notice there’s always nuts or chips along the bar?
So What About Soda?
When I was younger I use to drink a ton of soda. Heck that was one of the reason’s I was so overweight as a child. Ever since I lost the equivalent of a tiny asian man, I pretty much stopped drinking soda altogether. I’d say the biggest benefit of drinking soda is:
Yup. Soda contains water. That’s about it. Soda has essentially no nutritional value! Period. It’s nothing but liquid sugar. Most soda’s depending on where they’re sold, contain a nasty ass ingredient in it called high fructose corn syrup. Like this shit is bad.
The curtain is just starting to be raised on the long-term effects of excessive sugar consumption. The sugar in soda can be highly addictive and regular consumption can cause blood sugar fluctuation, mood swings, weight gain, and tooth decay just to name a few. The long-term effects of excessive sugar consumption can lead to deadly diseases such as heart disease and cancer. Regular soda consumption can be a significant overall health risk, especially considering the many other sources of sugar and refined carbohydrates are already in our diets.
The soda companies have a real problem these days. People are starting to realize that excessive soda (sugar) consumption is leading to a plethora of health related problems. Sugar is becoming the new tobacco. As much as the beverages companies are trying to fight this and sway public opinion, the soda companies are starting to act like tobacco companies did years ago. It’s shocking that there still isn’t warning labels on soda cans these days. Maybe one day we’ll see something like this on the side of a can:
Beer has been around for centuries. The long-term effects (both good and bad) of occasional beer consumption have been studied. We’ve only just become addicted to sugar within the last few decades. The damaging effects of excessive sugar consumption and stuff like high fructose corn syrup is only just starting to come to light. So far the evidence doesn’t look good………….
Deaths related to alcohol are a lot easier to spot. Who doesn’t start shaking their head when they hear about a drunk driving accident on the news or the liver failure of an alcoholic. I’ll probably take some flack for this but I’m a firm believer that soda kills more people, albeit slower but in larger numbers. Excessive sugar consumption is becoming the silent stealthy killer. An overweight person dies from diabetes or heart failure after a lifetime of drinking soda and sugar laden deep-fried foods. It just doesn’t quite make the news like a drunk driver running over a couple of pedestrians. Lots of people have a hard time realizing the dangers of soft drinks while simple-mindedly spotting the dangers in drinking too much beer. Hell it’s even been argued that having a beer is a healthier alternative to Gatorade or Powerade before/during/after a workout.
So we may have our regulations ass backwards when it comes to the beverages we choose to endorse and advertise. Isn’t it funny that star athletes, concerts, festivals and brands are routinely sponsored by the likes of different soda companies? Isn’t it weird then that alcohol advertising is one of the most highly regulated forms of marketing? Beer companies must be extremely careful about when and where their ads are seen. Doesn’t this sound a bit ass backwards considering soda consumed in excess is probably worse?
The Take Away
This is the point in the article where the author plays Switzerland and says “A good rule of thumb is to drink both in moderation followed by a healthy diet, yada, yada yada.” That’s bullshit. If given the choice on a warm summer’s day, I know which one I’d choose. Hand me the bottle opener please……
Which would you choose? Comments are always encouraged both good and bad.
Keep the blue side up?
Disclaimer I (so I don’t get my ass sued by some whack-job): This post was for entertainment purposes only. Please drink (alcohol) responsibly. In no way is this article condoning or recommending excessive alcohol or soda consumption or drinking and driving. Drinking and driving is something my family is very sensitive about. My father and I were victims of a drunk driving accident when I was younger. Know your limit, drink within it. Also this article was referring to the occasional beer or soda drinker. Routinely consuming 10 beers a night, is not healthier than consuming 1 soda and vice versa.
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