Fruity Cocktails Now Considered ‘Berry’ Healthy

By Ashley Schofield

Robeks might want to consider adding a new boost to their menu.
With the summer season around the corner, a cool strawberry
daiquiri could be considered to be a “health drink.”

The sugar in alcohol is not known to be a wholesome commodity,
but new research proves that when mixed with berries, an alcoholic
beverage could be considered “healthy.”

“Treating blackberries and strawberries with volatile compounds
such as ethanol (alcohol) (…) boosted their antioxidant
activity,” said Korakot Chanjirakul in the Journal of the Science
of Food and Agriculture.

In other words, to receive the optimum effects from berries, a
cocktail could be the perfect solution.

Health benefits of the fruits are maximized simply by mixing it
with alcohol.

“All that alcohol producing more antioxidants – that’s perfect.
Pomegranate martinis are good for health and good taste,” said
Olivia Tang, an art history graduate student.

Antioxidants enhance youth and beauty by preventing the
oxidation of cells.

Instead of a daily dose of vitamin C, a mixed drink might just
be the solution to getting necessary antioxidants.

“Nectar is god,” said David Allas, a fifth-year marketing
student excited about the budding health benefits of mixing alcohol
and fruit.

The adverse effects of alcohol should be recognized, as a dose
of berries does not cancel out the harm of drinking.

“Potential antioxidant benefits may be cancelled out by the
potential liver damage caused by too much alcohol,” said Dr.
Frankie Phillips of the British Dietetic Association in a
beveragedaily.com article.

No matter what way you spin it, alcohol is still alcohol and no
matter how many pounds of berries you add to the solution nothing
will make it 100 percent healthy.

“I think that if alcohol brings out the antioxidant powers of
berries, then mix some drinks,” said Constance Deniz, a second-year
psychology student. “Though liver damage should be considered, the
effects would probably be minimal if you added about a shot of
liquor to a 16 oz. berry smoothie.”

Some students are doubtful about alcohol really ever being good
for you, even if it is in proportion.

“I don’t know how I feel about this,” said Westin Gillfilan, a
fourth-year business student. “I mean it’s like people drinking
smoothies and thinking it’s healthier than having a whole meal.
It’s all in moderation; I’m sure eight wouldn’t be good for you,
maybe one.”

Realizing that this research is fresh, the implications of a
cocktail seen in health food stores as a nutritious alternative is
probably just around the corner.

Perhaps a fruity alternative is more of a conscious decision
when it comes to drinking.

“I think I’ll try it with a smoothie,” said Marina Coria, a
fourth-year fine arts student getting a head start on boosting her
antioxidants.

Ashley Schofield can be reached by e-mail at
arts@thepolypost.com or by phone at (909) 869-3744.

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