While I think the world would be a better place if more people had a glass of wine everyday, it might actually be healthier too.
Because there may really be some beneficial medical reasons to having a daily glass of wine.
Now, the studies out there are few and far between so you have to take them all with a grain of salt, but even if there is remote evidence that wine improves your health, why not?
And we are not just talking red wine. White wine and Champagne (yay!) all have benefits. too.
We are talking moderate consumption.
Lets be clear here: by no means am I saying drink a bottle a night to good health. We are talking moderate consumption. And, according to the Dietary Guidelines for 2010 (because that’s the most recent and the 2015 ones are not available yet), moderate consumption is:
- One drink per day for women
- Two drinks per day for men
If you drink more than that, you can throw any benefits out the window and presume your risks for just about everything are higher, according the Department of Health and Human Services.
And Resveratrol is the big reason for the win.
Much of the health perks of wine are thanks to resveratrol (rez-VEER-a-troll) – a compound found in some plants used to fight off bacteria.
The skins of red grapes have tons of resveratrol. So do blueberries, cranberries and nuts. You can just add those to your diet and get the same benefits. Drinking red wine in particular, because it is made with the skins of those red grapes, is just more fun.
But even if its not conclusive evidence. It’s something and yet another delicious reason to pour a glass right now.
And you know I would love to hear your thoughts on this, the wines you are drinking or anything else…so send a quick note! Thanks!