Monday, April 17, 2006

Wine?, Beer?, Which Is Healthier?

Beer drinkers toasting. A new Canadian study found that beer drinkers are more at risk of developing lung cancer than their non-beer-drinking peers, while wine consumption has an opposite effect. (AFP/File/Carl de Souza)

We are not talking calories here. A new study from Canada looks at two previous studies and is able to factor out smoking as a component in the results. It turns out that people who normally drink beer, have a higher chance of getting some forms of cancer.

Excerpts from Agence France-Presse (AFP) via Yahoo News -

New Canadian study links lung cancer risk to beer
Wed Apr 12, 3:36 PM ET

MONTREAL (AFP) - A new Canadian study found that beer drinkers are more at risk of developing lung cancer than their non-beer-drinking peers, while wine consumption has an opposite effect, scientists told AFP.

The study, which looked at two earlier large studies in the francophone province of Quebec, tried to discount the possible effects of smoking, which often goes hand-in-hand with beer consumption, to get clearer results.

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"The type of people who drink beer are usually different from the type of people who drink wine in terms of socio-economic status, education level, lifestyle and eating habits," said lead author Andrea Benedetti. "Beer and chips versus wine and a salad."

Also, eating fruits and vegetables regularly seemed to counteract the carcinogenic effect of beer, Benedetti noted.

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So, actually, you are more of what you eat as opposed to what you drink. Here at MAXINE, I will celebrate 14 years of the non-consumption of alcohol and tobacco at months end.

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