Tuesday, March 29, 2011

Livin' Lean Topic Tuesday: Got Red Wine?

Walk by a bakery in the morning and you can smell those fresh, delicious donuts cookin'. The temptation is high, yet you know that nothing in that donut is going to do anything good for you; nutritionally speaking, that is. However, hold your nose over a glass of red wine and you can feel great knowing that each sip is a toast to good health.

Not all wine is created equal. Red wine is better for us than white wine because it contains a certain something called resveratrol. Resveratrol is a polyphenols (antioxidant) in red wine that has been found to help prevent damage to blood vessels, reduces "bad" cholesterol and prevent blood clots. In fact, red wine has 10x the antioxidants found in white wine! The giveaway is that beautiful, deep red color you see.

Now don't get carried away with this news! Red wine is best for us in moderation; which is considered one 4-ounce glass a day. In Dr. Janet Brill's Book Prevent a Second Heart Attack: 8 Foods, 8 Weeks to Reverse Heart Disease, she suggests 1-2 glasses of red wine per day. Now that is a prescription I can live with.

Watch this short little video clip of Dr. Janet Brill discussing the health benefits to drinking red wine in moderation, daily. She really knows her stuff and is able to explain it in a way that makes sense. Love that!

No, donuts are never going to be good for us, but at least we have our wine.


1 comment:

  1. I love wine almost as much as I love food. Over the years, I have collected and enjoyed some amazing wines. You are right, like most things, moderation is the best way to enjoy.




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