Health benefits of iced tea: Nine strategies to avoid holiday weight gain


2) Alcoholic beverages, often served at holiday parties, contribute to caloric intake. A 5-ounce glass of wine, a 12-ounce bottle of beer or one jigger of alcohol with a zero-calorie mixer when enjoyed with food might offer health benefits. However, research indicates consumption beyond that amount is associated with increased health risks. Avoid extra liquid calories by requesting a diet 7-Up with a lime wedge or filling your beer bottle with water to avoid the notice of other attendees. Also consider no-calorie, non-alcoholic beverages like diet soda or unsweetened iced tea. Low-calorie hot beverages include sugar-free hot cocoa and calorie-free hot tea or coffee.

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