April 23rd, 2011 by jenn in general wine knowledge
A glass of red wine can do wonders for your attitude – not to mention your palate. But there is evidence that it may be good for your body as well. Now, don’t go switching out your veggies for a glass of Cabernet. But you can enjoy a Pinot Noir or maybe a Shiraz along with your grilled eggplant and zucchini, mushroom lasagna, or sweet potato chili.
The “good news ingredient” is resveratrol, a powerful antioxidant that is present in high levels as a result of the grape skins and seeds present in red wine during the fermentation process. Antioxidants repair cell damage and are linked to reduced risk for heart disease, macular degeneration, diabetes and some cancers. They also contain anti-clotting factors and may increase good cholesterol.
According to The Travel Blog, in terms of antioxidant percentage, a single glass of red wine is equivalent to 20 glasses of apple juice or seven glasses of orange juice. And, for those of you looking for red wine nutrition facts, the average red wine has about 100 calories per glass and contains no fat or cholesterol.
Interestingly enough, drinking red wine may not be the only way to benefit. It turns out that those clever, helpful antioxidants also firm up skin and slow down aging – from the outside. Vinothérapie, a trademark of Caudalíe Paris, is the original wine spa treatment, with offerings such as a Barrel Bath or Crushed Cabernet Scrub. Versions of this type of treatment are now available at spas throughout the world.
For those who prefer drinking red wine more than bathing in it, we can’t ignore the myths and facts about sulphites. Sulphites occur naturally in grapes and are also produced by our own body. There is such a thing as a sulphite allergy that may cause a reaction, but it most likely is not the cause of the typical “red wine” headache. In fact, red wine has less sulphites than white wine. However, the skins of red wine do contain histamines, which will result in headaches for anyone with a sensitivity to this chemical compound.
Red wine – in moderation, of course – can be an enriching part of a healthy lifestyle – Whether you enjoying sipping it, savoring it with a meal (or soaking in it?), there are many excellent choices.