Is Wine Healthy For You?

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“HEALTHY” WINE 

By: Arturo Spell

    You probably see it every so often…or every freaking day! Online somewhere the “health benefits” of drinking wine pop up. Countless studies and connoisseur professionals have weighed in on the subject, and the research and analysis shows some interesting findings that wine drinkers should be excited about.

    The daily consumption of wine is a key “myth” requiring clarification for all wine drinkers. “One eight-ounce glass a day” is what most people have read and heard. The health benefits come from moderate wine consumption, defined by the American Heart Association, as one to two four-ounce glasses a day. Now obviously, any wine drinker would ask what the difference is since both methods add up to the same amount of consumption.

    “It’s not the consumption, it’s the moderation,” said level two wine connoisseur Suzanne Sellers Chowla. “When you eat your meals throughout the day, you usually pace yourself by spacing when you eat. If you drink four ounces for lunch and four ounces for dinner, that moderation is good for you.”

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    According to foodandwine.com, many prestigious universities did their own studies and found that wine drinkers with that moderation of consumption had good cardiovascular due to lower risks of stroke, heart attacks, heart disease and type 2 diabetes. And their studies also showed it helped slow brain deterioration and aging.

    The one major thing found in recent studies that provides tempered optimism for everyone is its apparent benefit of helping you lose weight.

    According to health.com, “studies find that people who drink wine daily have lower body mass than those who indulge occasionally; moderate wine drinkers have narrower waists and less abdominal fat than people who drink liquor. Alcohol may encourage your body to burn extra calories for as long as 90 minutes after you down a glass.”

    And one thing to remember from all of this, that actually should have been mentioned in the beginning, is that we’re talking about red wine. Healthyfitsmart.com lists their top six red wines that are good for you in moderation: Pinot Noir, Cabernet Sauvignon, Madirans, Merlot, Syrahs/Shiraz and Barbera.

    So drink up…moderately.