Mar 9, 2010 3:55 PM
According to new research, women who drink wine may gain less weight over time.
Dr. Lu Wang from Brigham & Women's Hospital in Boston followed nearly 20,000 healthy, middle aged and older women during a 13-year period and found that some weight gain was typical, but women who started with a normal weight and drank were less likely to gain pounds.
"Women who consume light to moderate amount of alcohol actually experienced a smaller weight gain," said Dr. Wang.
That means no more than 2 to 3 servings of beer or wine each day.
The link was strongest for red wine.
These women had healthy lifestyles overall, but there seems to be something about the alcohol itself.
Women who did not drink any gained the most weight.
And rather than break bread with their wine, moderate drinkers also tended to eat smaller portions, cutting out carbs in particular.
The bottom line? For healthy women who already have a glass or two with dinner, "they could keep their drinking habit without gaining more weight," said Dr. Wang.
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