Can diet include red wine?

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Question from Patty: What about red wine?
Answers - Melinda Irwin I have a glass of red wine every night, usually less than a glass – 4 to 5 ounces maybe.
Cyndi Thomson, Ph.D., R.D. I think with breast cancer survivors, if you're going to have wine, keep it a small portion and make sure your diet is adequate in folates. Folates are found in dark green, leafy vegetables as well as citrus. The study suggests that problems occur with high alcohol intake and low folates.

Editor's Note: A 2006 study found that taking folates does not reduce the risk of breast cancer. Read more about this study.
Melinda Irwin The other thing to remember is that alcohol has calories and sugar, so if you're trying to lose weight it may be best to have water or a lower calorie beverage.
Cyndi Thomson, Ph.D., R.D. Or dilute your wine.

The Ask-the-Expert Online Conference called Weight Management During and After Breast Cancer Treatment featured Cyndi Thomson, Ph.D., R.D. and Melinda Irwin Ph.D., M.P.H. answering your questions on managing weight during and after breast cancer treatment.

Editor's Note: This conference took place in April 2007.

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