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Red Wine: A glass a day, could keep the doctor away

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We all know that proper nutrition is key to a healthy lifestyle.  We spend hours in the gym working on improving our physique, and skip that dessert in hopes of making smarter choices and keeping our new year’s resolutions.  Many of us cut alcohol out of our diet to avoid empty calories and drop those extra pounds.

Now, what if I told you that red wine could actually be the key ingredient in protecting your heart and keeping your waist trim?  Would you be surprised to learn that red wine provides an assortment of antioxidants that could reduce cholesterol and blood clots?  Furthermore, that the antioxidants in red wine may reduce your chances of tumor growth in the body, aka cancer. You’re rethinking giving up that after-work glass, aren’t you?

A recent study acknowledged by Yale-New Haven Hospital found that “moderate red wine consumption may inhibit tumor development in some cancers.”  In addition to these benefits, YNH Hospital notes that our favorite “after-work beverage” has aided in the formation of nerve cells – helpful in the treatment of neurological diseases including Alzheimer’s and Parkinson’s.

Now, we’re not talking about that chocolate wine served in those infamous bins in the liquor store.  In fact, sweet wine in general offers less health benefits, especially the benefits listed above.  Yale New-Haven Hospital notes that the “flavonoid favorite” is Cabernet Sauvignon, followed by others including the fruit-forward favorite – Pinot Noir.  The bottom line?  The sweeter the wine, the less health benefits.  Dry red wines have the most notable flavonoid boost, according to the study.

Moral of the story?  Next time you’re reaching for a happy hour cocktail, skip the margarita and enjoy a glass of red.  Filled with flavonoids, antioxidants and incredible flavor notes – you’ll be glad you did.  Whether you prefer a full-bodied cabernet or dry pinot noir – complete with sweet hints of fruit and warm notes of spice, you can have your “wine and drink it, too.”  No need for sacrifice here.

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