Tag Archives: moderation

Can I have #wine with MyPlate?

20 Jun

I’m guessing by now, you’ve all seen the USDA’s new MyPlate guide. Goodbye confusing pyramid and hello plate method. Which, by the way, isn’t new unless you’re the USDA. The new food icon comes after the January 2011 release of the 2010 Dietary Guidelines for Americans. It’s unlikely you’ll hear that alcohol consumption fits on the new MyPlate placemat. But deep in the heart of Chapter 3 titled, Foods and Food Components to Reduce, you’ll find this statement about alcohol.

“If alcohol is consumed, it should be consumed in moderation—up to one drink per day for women and two drinks per day for men—and only by adults of legal drinking age.”

So the answer is YES. You can have wine, beer or a coctail with your plate. Just remember moderation is key. Cheers!


Remembering Moderation when Sippin’

16 Aug

Jill & Leslie at wine class at the CIA in Napa Valley 2009

The Distilled Spirits Council of the United States notes that over 100 million American adults drink alcohol responsibly. Our goal (as nutritionists and health experts) is to help people find the happy medium between good times and health. Health messages are often skewed by media and even so-called experts. SippinSmart.com offers truth, health, humor, and permission to enjoy alcohol in moderation. An article found in the 2006 Archives of Internal Medicines suggests that up to 2 alcoholic beverages for women and up to 4 for men was inversely associated with total risk of death; therefore, possibly prolonging life. Other research findings include that moderate consumption of alcohol may reduce the leading cause of death in the United States, heart disease, and may improve survival rates of a heart attack or stroke. And, The 2005 Dietary Guidelines for Americans report suggests that moderate drinking does not affect diet quality nor is associated with obesity. Moderation is most often defined as one drink per day for women and two per day for men. If you don’t want to drink, you don’t have to start. However, if you want to be a smart sipper we’re here to help!