Enjoy a glass of red wine
Today we’re talking wine. Vino.
“Hey, isn’t this a fitness blog?” Why yes, yes it is.
-I love wine (but loathe whine–go figure).
-Wine has many health benefits.
“But isn’t alcohol bad for you? Won’t it make me fat?” Wow, we’re full of questions today, aren’t we?
Bottom line–in moderation (like with everything else) it isn’t bad for you, and won’t make you fat. In moderation.
If you sit and drink a bottle on your own in one evening, that’s not-a good-a. That’s when it’ll go to your belly. Have a glass of red wine with a meal, or while relaxing at the end of the day, and it’s all good.
Ok, so having a glass of red wine can be relaxing, and it tastes good. But how is it “healthy”? Great question. The bottom line is that the grapes used to make the wine, and more importantly, the skins used in red wine, is chocked full of fruity goodness.
Red wine contains resveratrol. What’s that?
Resveratrol might be a key ingredient in red wine that helps prevent damage to blood vessels, reduces “bad” cholesterol and prevents blood clots. -Mayo Clinic
Antioxidants are somewhat of a hot topic. These little guys are the heroes in battle with free radicals–the evil invaders that cause cancers.
Do your homework
There have been a number of studies that show that a glass of red wine a day helps to keep the doctor at bay.
It’s not going to cure heart disease, or stop it all together. The benefits may actually be very small. I, for one, am willing to take this extra step–in the name of my heart health!
There are others that claim that it’s the grape, and not the wine. Frankly, I don’t like grape juice. I like to eat grapes, but come on, that’s not the same as a good tasting wine.
**On a funny side note, the people that I read about that want you to drink grape juice and eat grapes instead of wine are self-proclaimed “prohibitionists”. Take it for what it’s worth.
You get what you pay for?
Researchers found that a $90 dollar bottle of wine tastes every bit as good as a $10 bottle. What? That doesn’t sound right.
I’ve had some expensive bottles of wine. The were very complex. Some were very good. Others, not so much.
We’re talking under $6 for a bottle. It’s super good, and fruity. I love the stuff. It’s basically a blended wine with a very fruity sweetness.
Don’t be a wino. Like I said, moderation is the word of the day (and everyday). What’s the word of the day? Right, moderation.
Photo: Roger Kirby