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Choosing the best tipple just got a lot easier as there is now a league table of the healthiest alcoholic drinks.

Top of the list is red wine, which decades of evidence suggests may – in moderation, of course – be good for the heart.

But more surprisingly, second choice for the health-conscious is craft cider.

The bad news for those who cannot resist a gin and tonic is that this is the least healthy choice, along with all spirits, including vodka and whisky.

The list was compiled by the nutrition expert Tim Spector, who is professor of genetic epidemiology at King's College London, and who analysed data on more than 20 popular drinks.

Top of the list of healthiest alcoholic drinks is red wine, which decades of evidence suggests may – in moderation, of course – be good for the heart

They were judged for polyphenols – plant compounds which are good for the gut and reduce inflammation in the body, which is linked to poor health in older people.

Red wine, unlike white wine, has the grape skins left in during most of the fermentation process, so has high levels of polyphenols from the fruit used to make it.

Artisan or craft cider, made with apples or pears, can contain as many polyphenols as red wine, Professor Spector said.

It means a daily glass of red wine, or a 330ml bottle of small batch cider, are among the best choices. Next best is white wine, followed by beer and then spirits, which tend to be more alcoholic and have any polyphenols killed off during distillation.

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Professor Spector said: 'I would not advise people who do not drink alcohol to take it up, but this evidence could help people decide the healthiest options for drinking in moderation. Lately, artisanal cider has had a boom in popularity, rather like craft beer, so many people might enjoy drinking it with their health in mind.

'Red wine has a lot of evidence linking it with heart benefits, although this is still debated, as is the perfect amount.

'There are so many myths around alcohol, like vodka being better than gin, or some drinks being better to avoid weight gain, so this may help.'

Cheap branded beer and cider appear to be similar to ultra-processed foods, with some of the health benefits lost in the production process.

Spirits, as well as being short on polyphenols, are often drunk with sugary mixers, such as lemonade or cola, which cause blood sugar spikes.

The bad news for those who cannot resist a gin and tonic is that this is the least healthy choice, along with all spirits, including vodka and whisky

The diet-tracking app Zoe, created by Professor Spector, says they are drinks better to enjoy occasionally, while beer is advised in moderation. He also recommends kombucha, a fermented tea containing up to 40 live microbes, which is good for gut health and low in alcohol.

Red wine is the only drink that scored well as being more suitable to enjoy regularly, although experts note that everyone responds differently to alcohol.

A large study in 2020, involving people in the US and Belgium, and led by King's College London, found people who drank red wine had a wider range of gut bacteria, which is linked to better gut health.

For those who do not like red wine, it could be worth considering a rosé, which tends to be in contact with grape skins for longer than a white wine.

Professor Spector's top six drinks are: Red wine, craft cider, rosé wine, white wine, beer, spirits.

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A dozen House Republicans will have dinner with Trump at Bedminster TONIGHT to show their support after the FBI raid

Members of the Republican Study Committee are set to travel to Bedminster Tuesday night to have dinner with former President Donald Trump, a day after FBI agents raided Mar-a-Lago. 

Punchbowl News reported Tuesday morning that Rep. Jim Banks, who chairs the RSC, a caucus of conservative House members, would be taking a dozen lawmakers with him to New Jersey later in the day. 

Breitbart News reported last month that Banks and other Republican Study Committee members would be traveling to Bedminster to meet with Trump 'in a few weeks.' 

'RSC has visited with him many times before. We have a very close relationship with him, and the Republican Study Committee believes he's the most effective president in a lifetime or more,' Banks told Breitbart in July. 

The timing of Tuesday's dinner is fortuitous as many members of the party have rushed to publicly show their support for Trump in the aftermath of Monday's FBI raid. 

Former President Donald Trump was spotted leaving Trump Tower in New York on Monday night after announcing his Mar-a-Lago home had been raided by the FBI. He'll have dinner with a dozen House Republicans Tuesday night 

Rep. Jim Banks, the chair of the Republican Study Committee, will be bringing a group of a dozen House Republicans to have dinner with former President Donald Trump at his Bedminster golf resort in New Jersey 

Former President Donald Trump will host members of the Republican Study Committee at his Bedminster golf club in New Jersey Tuesday night after his Florida home and club, Mar-a-Lago, was raided by the FBI Monday 

After initial media reports Monday, Trump, himself, confirmed that it had happened. 

He said it represented 'dark times for our Nation' in a lengthy statement. 

Mar-a-Lago, Trump said, 'is currently under siege, raided, and occupied by a large group of FBI agents.' 

'After working and cooperating with the relevant Government agencies, this unannounced raid on my home was not necessary or appropriate,' Trump said. 

The FBI raid was related to Trump's removal of classified documents from the White House and not the Department of Justice's investigation into January 6, The New York Times reported. 

Trump later put out a campaign-style video warning that 'we are a nation that has weaponized its law enforcement against the opposing political party, like never before.'

Trump is mulling running for president again in 2024.  

Politico reported Tuesday that Trumpworld is keeping tabs on the Republicans who are leaping to the ex-president's defense. 

'They're going to drastically use this to rally their allies, GOP leaders on Capitol Hill and juice for his political agenda and run for 2024,' one source close to the former president told Politico. 

'If there was a 99 percent chance it's 100 percent now. He makes it part of his platform – going after the FBI,' the source said of Trump's White House ambitions. 

Leading members of the party including House Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy, RNC chairwoman Ronna Romney McDaniel and House Republican Conference Chair Rep. Elise Stefanik sent out furious statements about the raid.   

McCarthy told Attorney General Merrick Garland via Twitter to 'preserve your documents and clear your calendar.' 

'I've seen enough,' he wrote. 'The Department of Justice has reached an intolerable state of weaponized politicization. 

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Rep. Marjorie Taylor Greene, a prominent member of the Republican Study Committee, called the raid 'rogue behavior of communist countries, NOT the United States of America!!!' 

'These are the type of things that happen in countries during civil war. The political persecution MUST STOP!!!' she tweeted. 

Rep. Lauren Boebert, another prominent member of the Republican Study Committee, tweeted that the DOJ 'must be held accountable.'

'Biden's FBI just raided the house of the man most likely to be the Republican Presidential nominee in 2024…on top of all the other fake investigations into President Trump. Stop weaponizing federal agencies to distract from your own failed agenda!' Boebert said. 

'The GOP must set up a Select Committee to investigate the FBI's politically-motivated raid on Mar-a-Lago and on ALL the fraudulent persecution of President Trump from our government,' she continued. This cannot wait. We are turning into a banana republic at record speed.'  

A spokesperson for the RSC declined to provide with additional details about Tuesday's dinner. 

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