ELLE Food Column A glass of red wine. Yes or No?

So what is the deal with that daily glass of red wine?

During the holiday season it’s all about good food and drinking alcohol is a part of that. Although most people know that drinking too much is not good, but still it’s regularly advised to drink a daily glass of wine a day. Is this healthy or not? ELLE Food health expert Sophia Sorgen tells what about with the red wine.

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Resversatrol and Tannin
It is indeed a bit confusing. So what is the deal with that daily glass of red wine? One of the components that makes red wines so healthy is resveratrol. It slows down your aging process, and has a beneficial effect on age-related diseases such as cardiovascular disease, diabetes and obesity. In addition to resveratrol, tannins can also be found is in red wine. This substance is good for your immune system so you are better protected against bacteria, viruses, runny noses and flus. Inflammations can also be reduced and red wine can lower your blood pressure. Especially the grape varieties Cabernet Sauvignon, Pinot Noir and Merlot would have these positive effects.

So …
Yes, a glass of red wine is good for you. But we’re talking here about red wine, not any other kind of alcohol. And the benefits of red wine only work if you control it and only drink one glass a day. So, really one glass a day and no more. Should you pour yourself a whole bottle of red wine on a night, know that it is not especially healthy and great for you. Sorry … Next to that know that too much wine will give you precisely the opposite affects and the disadvantages. To mention just a few things: it can cause high blood pressure, a greater risk of certain cancers, weakened immunity and heart and liver problems. This is just a small sampling of the many risks.

But?
Most people that have been following me for a while know that I’m actually not a crazy big fan of alcohol. For longer periods during the year I drink therefore not at all. The first quarter of the new year is always such a period. Especially since I give the Detox & Clean programs in that time. Here is my advice for people who are sick or recovering; don’t consume any alcohol until you really are back in top condition. So enjoy your glass of red wine during the holidays and I hope you will join me in a few alcohol free months in the new year.

Lots of love,
Sophia

Do you have a question about nutrition and how it works or want to know whether something is real or a nutrition myth? Send an email to actie@elleeten.nl o.v.v. “Sophia Sorgen” and Sophia might answer your question in a future blog.

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