Friday, September 3, 2010

Why Brazilians live so long

I have discovered the Brazilian secret of living forever!  Seriously, the people down here live for a long freaking time. My Grandfather-in-law is 93 years old and was doing all the family shopping at the feira (farmer´s market) until he was 91.  That is insanity even though he is actually quite sane for being ancient. 

The secret is this: their fountain of youth is full of beer. Yes, you heard it right.  A new studies says that moderate drinkers live longer than abstainers and heavy drinkers. Even crazier, heavy drinkers liver longer than abstainers.  That´s right people, if you drink you will live longer than if you don´t. Of course, you might not remember what you lived but that´s why we have cameras. 

Apparently, 1 to 3 drinks per day is fabulous not only for your mood but your health.  Well there you go. The article says especially good if your drink of choice is red wine. That´s a toughie in this hotter than hell country but it´s still my favorite. 

So if you are visiting or living in Rio de Janeiro and want to join the Brazilians in their afternoon beer with lunch, go for it! It´s good for you! Hell, have 3. 

Check out the original article.  Interesting stuff:  Heavy drinkers out live Nondrinkers


  1. Well then I guess I will live forever! (If only the beer in Brazil had a little flavor... and the quality gin was cheaper.)

  2. Haha, did you read my facebook update yesterday? This is one of the great things about Brazil! Social acceptance of the 'anytime' drink! 10 in the morning?? It's ok! WE're in Brazil!