Aug 23, 2007

Does Wine Really Have Health Benefits?

I am sure many reading this enjoy a nice glass of wine with dinner. Personally, I enjoy drinking organic wines when I do drink wine because they contain less sulfates. I am sensitive to sulfates, in my case they cause heart palpitations. All wine contains some sulfates naturally, as they are on the skin of the grapes, but makers of organic wines to not add any additional sulfates.

BUT that's not all that I wanted to share about wine. The French seem to know something about the health benefits of red wine. In a study that compared French and German red wines, the French red wines delivered a greater health benefit due to their higher level of antioxidants.

In 1991, the television program 60 minutes aired a report called The French Paradox. The program explored the heart attack rates of daily moderate wine drinkers in southern France; their rate is one of the lowest in the world, and their food among the unhealthiest.
One of the most studied antioxidants in red wine is resveratrol, a compound found in the seeds and skins of grapes. Red wine has a high concentration of resveratrol because the skins and seeds ferment in the grapes' juices during the red wine-making process....

For the rest of this article, and more interesting facts about wine, may I invite you to visit this link at my Happy Nutritionist website.

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