Is it true that a glass of wine a day is good for you?
Or any other drink. no matter how off the wall it might seem to be.
Last week I might have agreed with this statement. But recently, I discovered many vineyards use egg whites and casein to fine their red wines and now I am uncertain. (I wrote a hub on this.)
If one is not allergic to these agents, there appear to be positive health benefits-- especially for the heart, considering resveratrol. But if one has an inherited tendency toward alcoholism, well, that creates its own issues.
I had a weight problem and found that beer, of all drink, helped me keep my weight on- I tend to become too thin. But without regular exercise, even one beer a night can bring on an unsavory and flabby gut.
Where I live it is imperative that one consume a great deal of water each day! I have read recommendations of 8 glasses through out the day. Not as exciting as wine or other alcoholic drink, but it works for me.
There are very different views on this. Some say that it is, but at the same time something like a glass of grape juice is much more beneficial to you than wine is. Also, there are always health risks to drinking alcohol, but it is likely that a small amount is ok. I would say don't do it everyday though. It seems a little excessive.
I think any pronouncement about diet or eating is difficult to make in a general way, but there have been quite a few studies of late showing a glass of red wine per day (assuming you have room in your personal diet for an extra 100-150 calories) is good for overall health.
I guess for me the big answer is that wine is something to be enjoyed and a glass a day hasn't been shown to be detrimental, so we shouldn't be too concerned one way or the other.
There is an Italian proverb that says "il vino fa sangue" (translated: "wine makes blood"). In other words, the popular belief believes that drinking wine in moderation, about half a glass a day, helps the blood system to produce more blood and maintain healthy the existing blood. I wonder if this is having to do with the alcohol content or with the tannins from the grape skins of grapes ... who knows?
But the real reason is that drinking wine makes us feel more alive and cheerful, more energetic, and the pulsating live has a strong cultural correlation with the presence of blood in our body, since ancient times of Greece.
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