Alcohol like "clean wine," hard kombucha and spike seltzer might sound healthier, but are these types of booze actually good for you? Dietician Ashley Koff joins The Doctors to weigh in on these buzzy booze options.
She stresses, "Booze is not a health food." She notes there may be studies that have shown some compounds in certain types of alcohol have health benefits, but the actual alcohol in the drink does not. "There is no such thing as booze with benefits," she continues.
Despite things like flavonoids in red wines and probiotics in hard kombucha, the fact remains, "Alcohol is a poison," Ashley notes.
And when it comes to wine being dubbed as "clean," she says this is marketing and not something to be trusted or validated in any way. The dietician also notes as you increase the alcohol level of kombucha it may lead to the levels of good bacteria dropping. "Don't consider it a health food," she says.
When it comes to spike seltzer, she notes many are made with corn in order to be labeled "gluten-free," but she warms fermenting corn into alcohol could be problematic for the liver and may pose the same risk of drinking soda in the long run.