Thank God Wine is Gluten-Free!

For someone with multi-generational winemakers in the family abstaining from wine does not seem like a viable option. But what if this certain someone is also a Nutritionist? As you might have guessed, it is bound to cause some tension in the family. This is not to say I do not drink wine anymore. I simply stick to a glass of red wine a day.

The rule of thumb is a glass for women and two glasses for men a day. One of the reasons men are allowed to drink more is they have more water in their bodies. Water dilutes alcohol in the bloodstream, resulting in a lower blood-alcohol level for the same amount of wine consumed.

Although this rule is true for all alcohol beverages, so far only red wine has been found to be beneficial to our health. According to Dr. Suzanne Steinbaum, a preventive cardiologist at Lenox Hill Hospital in New York City, red wine has been known to decrease blood pressure and prevent blood clotting and a heart attack.

More recent data suggests that consuming fewer than two servings of red wine daily may also help reduce the risk of breast cancer. The good guys responsible for this anticarcinogenic action are phytochemicals found in red grape skins. Of course, you could just eat grapes – but where is the fun in that?

With its many curative powers, is red wine the new drink of the gods? After all, it has been hailed for its anti-aging and health preserving properties. Who has not heard about resveratrol? This powerful compound naturally found in red grapes releases antioxidant agents to fight the good fight in our bodies. But there are many more anti-inflammatory components in red wine that are waiting to be discovered that could potentially lower the risk of other types of cancer.

Do you really need more convincing to drink red wine? Next time you go out with your girlfriends, make it a red wine night. Just remember: red wine can be beneficial to health only if consumed in moderation and combined with a healthy lifestyle that includes a balanced diet and regular exercise.

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