Wine and Dine, and Drink to Your Health!
Known as one of the healthiest de-stressors on the planet, wine is arguably one of the most effective ways to kick back and relax. Other than it’s supreme ability to calm our nerves, wine is much better when we dine, and health studies prove this to be true.
“In moderation, a glass or two of wine can actually help your heart and reduce your risk of cancer,” says Christy Shatlock, MS/RD, and one of the lead dietitians for BistroMD. “This is due to wine’s alcohol content as well as the phytochemicals it contains—naturally occurring plant compounds.”
Even though raising a glass may have health benefits, it’s also important that you don’t pour too much, too often.
“To get the most health benefits from your glass of wine, it’s important that men and women know their limits,” says Christy. “For women, no more than one glass of wine is recommended per week, and for men, no more than two glasses of wine per week."
Our dietitian reveals tips on how to wine and dine, and drink to your health, and reveals what wines are the healthiest.
1. Finding the Right Wine
It’s one thing to drink wine, but it’s actually more important to find a wine that provides you with both the taste and the health benefits that you want.
“Red wines have the most health and nutritional benefit,” says Christy. “Unfortunately, if you prefer white wine, you may be out of luck. Although some studies reveal that certain white wines, like Pinot Grigio, do contain antioxidants, there has been no significant indication that white wines are just as healthy as red wines.”
Some people don’t like red wine due to its dry taste. If you don’t like the dry taste of red wine, but are looking for something that tastes a little more sweet, but not too fruity, a nice dinner wine may be a good option.
On a recent vacation to upstate New York, one of the members of BistroMD’s marketing department, Amanda Paul, visited Bully Hill Vineyards in Hammondsport, New York, and discovered a wide variety of healthy and delicious red wines.
“I personally don’t care for the strong, dry taste of red wine, but Bully Hill Vineyards makes a wonderful red wine called ‘Love My Goat’ that tastes phenomenal,” says Amanda. “With less than 100 calories per 5 ounce glass, this red wine still has all of the health benefits you are looking for, but with a smooth, subtle flavor. It would complement a meal, like BistroMD’s Beef Bourguignon or Turkey Bolognese, perfectly!”
2. The Top Health Benefits of Wine
When it comes time to wine and dine, the experience is that much more enjoyable when you understand the health benefits that come with it.
Our expert dietitian, Christy, reveals the most significant health benefits of drinking red wine:
1. Remember much?
As you grow older, study after study has shown that people who drink a few glasses of wine in moderation actually have better memories and recollections of certain events in their life.
“Wine can actually help reduce clots and blood vessel inflammation,” says Christy. “Both of which have been linked to cognitive decline and heart disease.”
2. Learn to Love the Scale
If you want to have a lower body mass, then taking the time to wine and dine on occasion may not be such a bad thing.
“It has been shown that moderate wine drinkers have less abdominal fat and smaller waists than those who just drink hard liquor or beer,” says Christy. “Wine has actually been shown to burn extra calories for as long as 90 minutes after you drink a glass.”
3. Pump Up Your Immune System
“In a recent medical study conducted in England, people who drank roughly one glass of wine a day reduced their risk of getting a certain bacteria by 11%,” says Christy. “This bacteria, known as Helicobater pylori, is one of the major causes of ulcers, gastritis, and stomach cancers.”
4. Protection from Cancer Woes
Wine has also been shown to reduce the risk of ovarian cancer by as much as 50% in women.
“Australian researchers recently compared women with ovarian cancer to cancer-free women,” says Christy. “They found that roughly one glass of wine per day seemed to reduce the risk of the disease by 50%. A study at the University of Michigan also showed that a red wine compound helped kill ovarian cancer cells in a test tube.”
5. Stronger Bones
On average, women who drink wine in moderation seem to have a higher bone mass than those women who don’t drink.
“Some studies have shown that alcohol seems to boost estrogen levels,” says Christy. “It seems that wine prevents the destruction of old bone, versus slowing the production of new bone.”
6. Less Fuss Over Blood Sugar
According to a 10 year study conducted at Harvard Medical School, premenopausal women who drank one or two glasses of wine per week were 40% less likely to develop type 2 diabetes.
“While the results of this study weren’t totally conclusive, wine seems to reduce insulin resistance in diabetic patients,” says Christy. “Insulin resistance occurs when the body makes the hormone insulin, but it doesn’t work properly within cells.”
So, if you enjoy taking the time to wine and dine, you are doing more than just having a drink. You are actually, in many ways, benefiting your health.
For more tips from our experts, please visit our healthy facts section for more information.
To learn more about Bully Hill Vineyards, and the wines they produce, please visit their official website by clicking here.
*Although wine has a number of important health benefits, it is important that you please drink responsibly. Exceeding more than the above recommended glasses could result in harming yourself or someone else.*
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