Friday, December 18, 2015

Red Wine: The Good, The Bad And The Ulgy

1 serving of red wine is 5 fl.oz.
The Good:
⌼ Red wine may reduce one's risk of death by heart disease by 35%. (1) (2)
⌼ Red wine is an excellent source of heart-boosting compounds (antioxidants) such      
     as resveratrol, procyanidins, and quercetin.
⌼ Red wine can serve as a blood thinner due to the resveratrol content.
⌼ Red wine can improve one's cholesterol profile. 

The Bad:
⌼ Red wine is not a calorie-free beverage. 4-fluid ounces (1/2 cup) of red wine contains about 100-120 kilocalories (100-200 calories).
Taking into consideration, the average person consumes 2 or 3 full glasses of wine per sitting, it can certainly be a hidden source of calories, whether, it is consumed with a meal or not.

The Ugly:

⌼ Excessive consumption of wine or any alcohol:
      ⌦ harms the liver (liver cirrhosis)
      ⌦ can lead to addiction
      ⌦ can lead to high blood pressure
      ⌦ can shorten one's life span (death)

Note: Excessive consumption of wine is defined as: 
     ⌦ For men: Consuming  at least 15 drinks per week (2 or more per day)
     ⌦ For women: Consuming at least 8 drinks per week. (CDC)

What to do:
Stick to the Dietary Guidelines of having:
    ⌦ No more than 1 drink a day for females- (1 drink=  5 fl oz)
    ⌦ No more than 2 drinks a day for males
**Aaron Berdofe recommends persons have red wine with food or a meal, to help them stay within the daily limit

Keep in mind:
❐ One standard drink is defined as 5 fl. oz (150 mL)
❐ A standard 25 fl.oz  (750 mL) bottle of wine has about 5 glasses worth  of wine 
One standard drink  contains 100-120 kilocalories.
❐ A standard bottle (25 fl.oz) contains 500 -600 kilocalories

Thank you for reading! 
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Read More:
Schaeffer, Juliann. 2011. To Good Wine … and Better Health — The Case for Moderate Wine Consumption. Today's Dietitian. 13:8; p32 - 37

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