Wine in your Diet - Good or Bad?

A recent study in Denmark indicates that wine drinkers are healthier than beer drinkers. The study was prepared based on the results of reviewing purchases made by consumers. People who purchased wine also bought more fresh fruit and vegetables, as well as low-fat cheeses and cooking oils. On the other hand, consumers who purchased beer bought more processed foods, including sausages, which tend to be high in fat, sugar and soft drinks.

Rich red wines are said to be heart healthy with the Pinot Noir being the best choice for heart health. It is suggested that one or two glasses for red wine per day are best for your heart health; however, you can use cranberry or grape juice as an alternative if you do not want to drink wine daily. New research indicates that white wines have a high level of antioxidants which promote lung health.

Interestingly, grapes do not have the same concentration of antioxidants. Perhaps there is more health value with wine or juice because they are made after water has been reduced during the cooking or fermenting process. Of course, you should still eat grapes because they are a great source of fiber as well as antioxidants on their own.

Perhaps the best case for healthier wine drinkers is that wine drinkers tend to eat better. People who drink wine tend to eat gourmet meals. You can make the arguement that gourmet meals are served in small portions, which can also indicate that smaller portions influence your heart health, too. Your best bet therefore, is to eat smaller portions and healthier choices. Many nutritionists recommend that you use a traditional salad plate to eat your meals on because it is easier to fill your plate. Only in the U. S. do we try to cram food on a large plate. Gourmet chefs design a serving with a lot of "white" or "empty" space. When America began to "super-size" its portions, obesity became a major health risk.

By adding wine, exercise and smaller portions, you will see results of your weight loss quickly. Be sure to add vitamins to your dietary routine to insure that your body works effieciently. Use all of the tools that you can to make your diet and exercise routine an option you can live with for the rest of your life.

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