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The New Red Wine Diet

Get Healthy with the New Wine Diet: How Adding Wine to Your Meal Could Also Add Years to Your Life

SUMMARY: More and more studies are showing that you should not stop having red wine at dinner when dieting, because there are too many significant long-term health benefits and they outweigh the mere calorie intake. In fact, red wine might even be considered the new health drink.

You want to look and feel great -- and you love your glass of red wine at dinner -- but nearly all diet gurus say you can't have both.

How can you rationalize keeping the wine when you want to be healthy?

If you think that you have a tough decision to make, then think again, because most diet plans don't take into account all of the latest facts.

More and more studies are showing that although there are about 120 calories in a six-ounce glass of red wine, you should not stop having wine at dinner, because there are too many significant long-term health benefits and they outweigh the mere calorie intake.

In fact, red wine might even be considered the new health drink.

For example, heart disease is the number one killer in the US and clinical studies have proven that, in moderation, men can lower the risk of heart disease by 50% by drinking two glasses of red wine a day. And women can reduce their risk by almost 30% by drinking one glass of red wine a day.

Another top killer is cancer. Because red wine contains antioxidants, which scavenge destructive free radicals that cause cellular damage, drinking wine in moderation will help prevent certain types of cancer such as prostate, colon and skin cancer.

Red wine also helps our body to excrete excess sodium, acting like a diuretic, which lowers our blood pressure.

Fad diets that decree we should avoid carbs and fruit mean our diet is low in potassium, and red wine can help. It’s high in potassium, which stimulates the kidneys and lymphatic system to eliminate body wastes, promotes healthy skin, stabilizes blood pressure and maintains healthy heart tissue. Not surprisingly, people with heart disease and severe hypertension are found to have very low levels of potassium in their systems.

And in recent years, research studies have trumpeted a growing list of health problems that red wine can help fight such as arthritis, cataracts and kidney dysfunction. And new studies in mice hold out hope for Alzheimer's disease, dementia, obesity, and high blood pressure.

If this list doesn't convince you that red wine should remain on your table at dinner and be a long-term part of your life, then check this out – red wine helps reduce stress and digestive problems.

So, if you are a busy person and live life in high gear (as so many of us often do), then its recommended you enjoy at least one glass of wine with your meal, because wine relaxes us (including our digestive muscles). And we all know that digestive problems and high stress levels are the cause of innumerable health problems.

Now that you're convinced that keeping wine at dinner is a good idea, you probably want to know "Are all wines equally 'healthy'?"

And the answer is NO. Red wines in general contain more antioxidants than white wine (and all other alcoholic drinks as a matter of fact).

And, even among red wines there are those that will do you greater good than others. Specifically, look for red wines that contain a high amount of preservative, called tannin, which allows them to age for a long time. This translates to French Bordeaux and premium Cabernet Sauvignon from California and Australia, as well as Malbec from Argentina, Barolo from Italy and Tannat from southwest France.

It has also been shown that red grapes grown in higher altitude and cooler climates (like Chile, Argentina, some parts of California and Oregon) have more antioxidants than grapes grown in warmer climes on valley floors.

There are two reasons for this; first, the production of antioxidants are stimulated by ultraviolet light, which are more intense at higher altitudes. Secondly, in cooler climates, grapes ripen more slowly and therefore tend to be harvested later, which allows for a greater concentration of antioxidants (and better flavors too).

In summary, the decision is easy. Keep the wine and get rid of some other calorie source, because it couldn't possible come close to the health benefits of a glass of a good red wine.

So enjoy your wine at dinner and let's toast -- "To Red Wine and Healthy Pleasure!!!"
A meal without wine is called breakfast!

The Wine Diva
Author & Wine Educator