Wine has a long history of being used as a medication or as an alternative for dirty drinking water. Today, it has been found to have healing powers and should be incorporated in your healthy living routine.
By drinking one to two glasses (one for women, two for men) a day wine dramatically reduces the causes of heart disease, death from heart disease and premature death from any cause. As the fermented juice of grapes, most of the health benefits of wine come from the alcohol itself. It raises HDL cholesterol and lowers LDL cholesterol. Red wine offers some added benefits from the plant compounds that are found in the grape skins such as flavonoids and the ever so popular, resveratrol. Flavonoids and resveratrol help lower cholesterol and has been shown to slow the growth of cancer cells. It is believed that wine consumption may also help keep dementia away.
Some helpful healthy living hints and ideas:
Drink the wine with meals as opposed to by itself for the greatest protection from the causes of heart disease.
Red wine can be served with many dishes. Lighter dishes such as fish, chicken and egg dishes need a lighter wine such as Beaujolais and Pinot Noir. Fattier dishes such as beef, lamb and stews can be paired with Zinfandel, Cabernet and Shiraz.
If you have a little bit of leftover wine, pour it gently into an ice cube tray and freeze. Transfer to a plastic bag and you can later use it sauces.
To remove a broken cork from a bottle, simply place a coffee filter over a measuring cup and pour the wine through the filter.
Avoid cheap wines loaded with sodium.
Whether cooking or drinking the wine keep in mind-If you wouldn’t drink it, don’t cook with it.
Let’s raise our glasses and toast to healthy living!!
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