Is Wine a Healthy Part of Your Diet?

By Barbara Hay

Come January, most people plan to start eating better, lose weight and probably find time to finally clean out the garage. For a wine lover who contemplates dieting by cutting wine oconsumption entirely, January can be a long, cold, dark month. Snow-bound oenophiles certainly do not need wine taken away in order to lose excess poundage.
Resolving to stop drinking wine in January may appeal to the health conscious, as a way to reduce calories after all of the Christmas and New Year’s splurging, but is that really necessary?
It’s a known fact that most of the calories in wine come from the alcohol. The higher the alcohol content, the higher the calories per glass.
There are many varietals with alcohol levels below those rich, red, 14 to 15 percent alcohol by volume Cabernets.
Lower calorie wines can include Vinho Verde from Portugal—made from indigenous grapes like Alvarinho and Loureiro— a light-bodied white with a hint of spritz. Or a German Kabinett Riesling with a touch of sweetness balanced by vibrant acidity, can be perfect for a wide range of weeknight food pairings. There are many wines with lower alcohol levels sometimes as low as six or eight percent. They are delicious and save on the calories and there’s less of a chance of becoming inebriated.
Calories aside, did you know that drinking wine can actually be good for you?
Wine can improve your digestion, boost your immunity and help you lose weight. According to the research, wine heals your heart and can widen your blood vessels, since its healing qualities relax and stimulate your cardiovascular system. Wine improves overall health because it contains powerful antioxidants and essential vitamins, including resveratrol, which stimulates different positive processes and chemical reactions in your body. Numerous useful substances such as B-vitamins, beneficial enzymes, and omega three fatty acids are found in wines which can activate chemicals that protect against age-related diseases. Red wines are more useful in this case as they have the largest amount of antioxidants. Moderate consumption of wine prevents blood-sugar trouble and cuts the risk of colon cancer.
Some studies show drinking wine is a relaxing way to develop and maintain a healthy gut balance because it contains quantities of good gut bacteria. It also may help your body digest food. Researchers have concluded that red wine consumption is extremely effective in decreasing pathogenic bacteria in the gut. That’s great news for your digestive and immune system. Moreover, it preserves your memory and makes you more cheerful.
So glass of wine a day will help you relax your blood vessels, strengthen your cardiovascular health, help you lose weight and appear younger, without giving it up from your diet.
Just remember, consume wine with pleasure but in moderation.                                            

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