A Toast to Heart Health

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Heart Disease

Do you wonder if a drink a day can help prevent heart disease?


Red wine and other alcoholic beverages have been the subject of heart disease research. While the answers aren't yet conclusive, it appears that moderate alcohol consumption may help reduce heart disease risk.

This potential benefit is not a reason to start drinking. The research reports that moderate amounts of alcohol, one to two drinks per day, can help increase HDL cholesterol and may slow formation of LDL, the bad cholesterol. Alcohol consumption was part of a routine that included a low-fat eating plan and regular physical activity, two habits anyone can benefit from.

More and more research is looking at compounds in foods that may maximize health. Until research makes a positive conclusion, don't deviate from the tried and true, consume a wide variety of food from the Food Guide Pyramid and include regular physical activity.


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