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Chocolate and wine delay ageing

Two of the most precious pleasures of this life, chocolate and wine, can preserve us from ageing. A research published in the journal BMC Cell Biology shows that human cells can be rejuvenated, if we eat and drink both (always in moderation). Let’s discover why.

Resveratrol, an antioxidant against ageing

Although studies have already emerged pointing to this claim, this recent research shows that chemicals similar to resveratrol, which is an antioxidant found in several plants and some foods, such as cocoa or grapes, bring youth to the skin.

The study, conducted by researchers at the Universities of Exeter and Brighton (UK), and led by professors of molecular genetics, found that by adding resveratrol-like substances to the ageing of human cells, it not only made older cells look younger, but they also began to divide again, as young cells would.

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The researchers explained that they repeated the experiments several times and, in each case, the cells were rejuvenated. So the research reaffirms that both cocoa and wine, are powerful antioxidants that regenerate our cells and slow down the ageing of skin.

Benefits of chocolate

As we see, then, thanks to antioxidants, chocolate transforms the skin and leaves it younger and smoother. It is therefore known that aesthetic treatments of “chocotherapy” for the body allow to leave the epidermis in much better shape.

But, in addition, chocolate is good for the heart, since the Spanish Society of Dietetics and Food Sciences, SEDCA, tells us that dark chocolate is what gives us the most nutrients and lowers blood pressure.

At a psychological level, doctors establish that a normal portion of chocolate has a high psychopharmacological activity. Therefore it is recommended to combat depression or sadness because it activates the “hormone of happiness”, while giving us energy and well-being. As we say, dark cocoa is the best for health, although we can not abuse it either.

Properties of wine

Especially red wine has a lot of properties. On the one hand, as grapes contain antioxidant polyphenols, they bring youth to our skin. But it also helps fighting against free radicals, increases good cholesterol, protects the heart, and relaxes us. Like chocolate, it even provides energy by releasing endorphins.

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Wine should be consumed in moderation, although the Mediterranean diet includes it and it is advisable to have a glass of wine per day.

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Porta 6 2017

Porta 6 2017 is the product of the fertile vineyards from Alenquero and Cadaval, in the mountains in the North of Lisbon. This region strongly benefits from the wind of the ocean and the land’s fertility.

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Flor de Lis Reserva 2016

Flor de Lis Reserva 2016 is a wine made to please. Born from the blend of 3 grape varieties: the Aragonez variety brings the spicy side, the Touriga Nacional the red fruits and the Syrah the sweet and velvety tannins.

Lose weight eating your favorite food: wine and chocolate!

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It is not the first time we publish information on the benefits of wine and how it can help to lose weight if it’s included on the diet. We are all crazy about our diet and our weight in general, and it is a large amount of people that worries about it, but, should all of us give up on certain food and beverages?

Apparently we should not. According to Professor Tim Spector, from King College in London, there is a system based on two foods that could be considered contrary to the diet regime: wine and chocolate. According to Spector, there’s no need to eliminate these foods from our diets because they help in the process of weight loss and, especially, in keeping our ideal weight in the medium and long term.

According to him, among the foods that help to activate bowel movement and promote replication of healthy intestinal bacteria are cheese, wine and chocolate.

The professor states that the secret of a good diet is not counting calories, but in bacteria we have in our gut. And wine, for example, helps cultivate healthy bacteria that allow us to be thin. A rich and varied diet is the foundation to be well internally and in shape. And Professor preaches this example by saying that “the more variety of foods we take the more variety of bacteria we will have in our body which makes us healthier”

Tim Spector explains that nowadays most people consume less than 20 separate types of food and many, if not most, are artificially refined. All this led him to investigate that consumption of these products may be responsible for many people that can’t lose weight. His son offered himself to research and spent 10 days eating only food from McDonalds. As a main conclusion, besides the things explained above, it showed that in these ten days, his son had lost 40% of its bacterial flora.

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Borsao Selección 2014

 

 

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La Planta 2014

 

 

2 sweet cocktails you shouldn’t miss

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While it is true that often we associate cocktails to seasons like summer, with refreshing elaborations and somewhat festive, the winter season is also appropriate for recipes like the ones we show today, two sweet cocktails that will delight your palates and those of your guests at any occasion.

Hot chocolate with fennel seeds and ginger

Nothing better to offset the rigours of a cold winter afternoon that this sweet, flavourful and restorative preparation.

Ingredients (for 2 people):

Preparation:

Gently heat half the milk in a saucepan, add the chocolate, ginger, fennel and salt, and stir until chocolate is melted. Add the remaining milk, bring to a comfortable temperature for consumption (don’t let it boil), and whisk until build some foam. Strain into two glasses or cups, sprinkle with grated chocolate and serve.

Out With The Old

Actually it is a variation of a classic champagne cocktail, conceived to be consumed on New Year, but good for any moment of celebration in winter.

Ingredients:

  • 750 ml port (tawny works best)
  • 150 g Christmas pudding, crumbled
  • Sugar cubes
  • Angostura bitters
  • Champagne or cava

Preparation:

In a large pan over medium heat, reduce the port by a third. Add the pudding and leave to infuse. Strain through a coffee filter and reserve. Soak a sugar cube in Angostura bitters and place it into a flute type glass. Add the port mixture, complete with champagne and serve.

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Distillery Angostura Distillery produced Angostura Bitter 200ml a drink of the liquors & creams category native of Venezuela.

 

 

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Perrier-Jouët Grand Brut is a sparkling wine of the Champagne Apellation made with pinot Noir and pinot Nero.