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Drinking wine during pregnancy

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There have been many articles written about drinking wine (or alcohol in general) during pregnancy, and it is a subject that generates a lot of debate and research.

Some experts say that drinking wine in moderation during pregnancy is fine, but others believe that taking one drink is very dangerous for the baby’s health. What is not debatable is that what women eat or drink while pregnant goes directly through their bloodstream into the placenta to, literally, be digested by the fetus. If a pregnant woman drinks a glass of wine, a beer or cocktail, the fetus ingests the same.

For the fetus, alcohol interferes with its ability to get enough oxygen and nourishment for normal cell development in the brain and other body organs. A study has shown that a developing fetus has very little tolerance to alcohol and infants born to mothers who drink during pregnancy can have serious problems.

Fetal Alcohol Syndrome

Fetal Alcohol Syndrome (FAS) is a set of mental and physical disorders that develops in some unborn babies when the mother drinks too much alcohol during pregnancy. A baby born with FAS, or even the less severe FAE (Fetal Alcohol Effects), can have serious disadvantages, which could require a lifetime of special care. There’s even research that indicates that women who plan to become pregnant should stop drinking even before they become pregnant.

The debate is trying to discern how much is too much and therefore when the consumption of wine and other alcoholic beverages becomes a risk to the unborn baby.

Until these days, it was said that the only safe measure was to not drink any alcohol at all. However, in the UK, health authorities say that pregnant women and those hoping to conceive can safely drink up to two glasses of wine a week without harming the fetus.

On the other hand, there are few experts that are totally contrary to the fact that pregnant women drink alcohol during the gestation period and call to give up alcohol completely. There is a growing research of evidence suggesting that from binge drinking to low doses of alcohol can cause harm, although there are people who still defends that one or two glasses of wine a week do not have to be harmful.

Whatever the case is, and given the fact that a safe quantity of consumption is not known and the risk of alcohol may affect the future baby, it is best not to drink wine during pregnancy. It is also advisable to consult with doctors if there are any doubts or any problems in the pregnancy process.

Six health benefits of white wine

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We all know the health advantages of red wine, but white wine also has their beneficial properties in addition to its fruitiness and its unmistakable aroma. What are the main health benefits of white wine? Below we share some of them:

1. It is good for the lung related diseases

Among the benefits of white wine, it is emphasized that it prevents lung disease. According to research by the Buffalo Medical School, moderate consumption of white wine throughout life can improve your lungs health. Thus, it prevents the occurrence of diseases that affect the respiratory system.

2. Help you lose weight

Although it may seem strange, because it is known that white wine contains calories, an investigation of the University of Hohenheim showed that those who wanted to lose weight and drinking white wine in moderation still managed to lose weight.

3. It is antioxidant

Both red wine and white wine contain antioxidant properties from the  juice of the grape. This feature also makes the white wine protect cells and prevent the progression of certain diseases such as cancer, especially breast cancer.

4. It is nutritious

Yes, wine is nutritious, it contains a lot of vitamins and minerals. Now, if you look at the minerals of white wine, it is rich in phosphorus, potassium, and fluorine.

5. It is good for the mind

Drinking wine also enhances the intellect. That is, not only provides benefits for the body, as the research conducted at the University of Reading concluded that the phenolic acid found in wine provides a type of positive action on brain cells, and this protects the brain from developing neurodegenerative diseases.

6. It helps strengthen bones and muscles

Combine white wine and active lifestyle. Although it is essential you do physical exercise, consuming white wine will help to keep your bones strong and to strengthen your muscles.

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José Pariente Verdejo 2015: a white wine from Rueda based on verdejo of 2015 and has an alcoholic strength of 13.5%.

 

 

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Viñas de Anna Blanc de Blancs 2014  is a white wine made by Codorníu from the region of Catalunya that is based on the best of moscatell and chardonnay of 2014 and has an alcoholic content of 13%.

 

 

What to do when you just want to eat?

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Many times we eat out of boredom or anxiety. Now, eating excessively can have consequences such as overweight and development of certain heart-related diseases and digestive problems. What to do to follow healthy food habits?

Eat five times a day

Nutritionists and doctors recommend that you have five meals a day. Breakfast, midday snack, lunch, afternoon snack, and dinner. Now, the dishes should be of extreme quantities; only the necessary amount.

Hearty breakfast

One of the ways to prevent that we are hungry all day is to make a good breakfast. In fact, doctors advise that is the most important meal of the day, due to the varied and healthy food included in, and the calories are burned more easily than the nocturnal ingestions.

Protein and carbohydrates

Another way to reduce anxiety is to consume food with protein, carbohydrates and healthy fat for each one of the meals.

Avoid sweets and saturated fat

It has been proved by several studies that increased consumption of sweets, sugars and fats stimulate the appetite and the desire to eat more and more often.

Set yourself a schedule

On holiday, and during hot summer days, meal times tend to be more complicated to stick to. The food routine is completely off balance, and we end up eating at random hours. Eating irregularly increases our appetite and fat accumulation in the body. Wherever we are, we should keep a minimum and set routine for the three main meals; breakfast, lunch, and dinner.

Eating more slowly

Certain indicators establish that eating slowly increases satiety. Therefore, it is better to chew slower, savoring the dishes, and never no hurry to finish. It is also favorable that the portions are smaller and avoid constant snacking. This will improve your digestion.

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Viñas de Anna Blanc de Blancs 2014 is a white wine made by Codorníu from the region of Catalunya that is based on the best of moscatell and chardonnay of 2014 and has an alcoholic content of 13%.

 

 

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Belondrade y Lurton 2014,  a white wine from Rueda that contains verdejo of 2014 and shows an alcoholic content of 14%.

 

Go for the tasty fish! 3 recipes for the grand gourmets

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Good weather, and a good feeling: on the terrace, with white wine and some tasty fish … Doesn’t sound so bad, right? The best of all is that fish is a good source of Omega 3, highly beneficial for our skin and cardiovascular system. So don’t hesitate on including fish in your diet. To help you doing that we’ll share three finger licking fish recipes with you. If you additionally combine these dishes with some lovely white wine… mmmm, what a feast!

1. Trout with truffles:

This recipe is ideal for 4 people and the trout accompanied by the taste of truffles is delicious.

Ingredients:

  • 2 trouts
  • 50 grammes of grated black truffles
  • 1 clove of garlic
  • Extra virgin olive oil to taste
  • 1 tablespoon balsamic vinegar
  • 1 tbsp lemon juice

Preparation:

  1. Boil the 2 trouts in salted water.
  2. Bone out the trout, place the fillets on a plate.
  3. Add olive oil and grated truffle to a hot pan.
  4. Crush garlic and place in the pan add lemon juice and vinegar.
  5. Cook for a few minutes and remove from heat.
  6. Serve hot trout fillets garnished with the sauce.

2. Fish fondue with Riesling:

This recipe is ideal if you don’t have a lot of time, because it only requires 40 minutes for preparation, and combined with Riesling you’ll highlight the qualities of the fish and enhance its taste.

Ingredients:

  • 2 kilos of fish (tuna, salmon or trout)
  • Mussels and small squid
  • 2 stalk celery
  • 4 shallots
  • ¼ celery
  • 1 fennel
  • 1 leek
  • 150 grammes of mushrooms
  • 300 millilitres of Riesling
  • 100 millilitres of Noilly Prat
  • 50 millilitres of Pernod
  • Salt and pepper to taste
  • A touch of saffron

Elaboration:

  1. Fillet the fish of your choice and then cut the fillets into small pieces.
  2. Clean and wash the mussels and squid, then dry with paper towels.
  3. Place in a pot with 1 liter of water add offcuts from fish  together with small chopped vegetables, pour in Riesling, Noilly Prat and the Pernot cook over medium heat until you have a tasty stock.
  4. Pour the broth into a fine saucepan, then and reduce the broth in the pot over low heat, add salt, pepper, saffron, pieces of fish, mussels, and squid.
  5. When the broth is reduced you can serve with fondue forks and slices of toast or chopped vegetables like peppers or grilled mushrooms.

3. Oven baked fillet of sole with white wine and minced onion

This recipe is very delicate and also can be prepared in a short time.

Ingredients:

  • 2 fish of 350 to 400 grams each
  • 1 tablespoon chopped parsley
  • 1 cup olive oil
  • 1/2 teaspoon herbs
  • 1 cup white wine
  • 1 cup water
  • 2 small onions
  • salt

Elaboration:

  1. Fillet the sole and remove the skin, save the cut offs separately.
  2. Wash and dry fillets well, give them a good squeeze.
  3. Put the cutoffs in a saucepan and cook them in salty water over medium heat for 30 minutes.
  4. After 30 minutes you can strain and save the broth for later.
  5. Place the fillets in an ovenproof pot together with a little oil.
  6. Check the steaks are not mounted on each other and proceed to sprinkle with white wine and the remaining oil.
  7. Mix chopped onion, parsley and herbs in a bowl and sprinkle over the fish.
  8. Add 1 cup of broth
  9. Preheat the oven for 5 minutes at 150 degrees.
  10. Place the pot with fish in the oven and cook for 25 or 30 minutes.
  11. Serve your diners at the table, and garnish after your choice

 

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Boschendal Le Bouquet 2015

 

 

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Blanc Pescador

 

 

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

 

 

7 Gluten-Free Cocktails

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Nothing better than enjoying a delicious cocktail to relax and let your worries aside for a moment, and if you are celiac, worry not, with these recipes you won’t have to deprive yourself of this pleasure. Enjoy these gluten-free cocktails to make at home.

1. Canaletto Cup

Ingredients:

  • Cava or champagne
  • 100 grams of raspberries
  • 2 tablespoons of sugar
  • Juice of 1 lemon

Preparation:

  1. Macerate the raspberries in sugar and lemon juice.
  2. Pour all ingredients in a bottle and mix with cold cava.
  3. Serve in chilled glasses and enjoy.

2. Sangria

Ingredients:

  • 2 apples
  • 1 peach
  • 1 Orange
  • 100 milliliters of cognac
  • 100 milliliters of Cointreau
  • 4 tablespoons sugar
  • 500 milliliters of red wine

Preparation:

  1. Cut diced the apples, peach and orange.
  2. Macerate all in a mixture of brandy, Cointreau and sugar for 3 hours.
  3. Pour into a large bowl with red wine and mix before serving.

3. Wine Cocktail

Ingredients:

  • 60 milliliters of wine
  • 30 milliliters of St. Germain’s elderflower liqueur
  • 1 dash of bitter
  • Sparkling water
  • Ice

Preparation:

  1. Pour the wine, liquor and bitter in a glass with ice.
  2. Complete with the sparkling water and mix before serving.

4. Champagne Cocktail

Ingredients:

Preparation:

  1. Pour the Creme de cassis in a glass and complete with champagne.

5. Beer Cocktail

Ingredients:

  • 250 milliliters of gluten-free beer
  • 250 milliliters of lemonade

Preparation:

  1. Pour the beer into a glass.
  2. Fill with lemonade and serve.

6. Vodka Cocktail

Ingredients:

  • 60 milliliters of vodka
  • The juice of 1 lemon
  • 1 teaspoon of sugar

Preparation:

  1. Mix the vodka with lemon juice and sugar.
  2. Pour into a glass with ice and decorate with a slice of lemon.

7. Rum Cocktail

Ingredients:

  • 60 milliliters of dark rum
  • 180 milliliters of ginger ale
  • A half lemon
  • Ice

Preparation:

  1. Pour the ginger ale in a glass with ice
  2. Complete with rum. Squeeze the juice of the lemon and serve.

 

Which is healthier: beer or wine?

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Have you ever you wondered about what’s the best drink for your health? Taking into account that you enjoy both beer and wine, clear all your doubts thanks to the curiosity and persistence of researchers.

Mack Mitchell, a member of the Texas Southwestern University Medical Center has carried out a study, which ABC has released recently. For this study, Mitchell asked a group of 15 men who take certain drinks on different days. Mitchell assured that alcohol content was proportional to body weight of each of the participants and make them drink at the same pace for 20 minutes. The results revealed some interesting facts that will definitely clear doubts that we have all had at some point.

  1. Wine enters the system faster: As per the study, Mitchell found that spirits entered the bloodstream faster. It took 54 minutes for wine to enter whereas the beer took 62 minutes after finishing drinking.
  2. Weight gain: Scientists conducting the research reviewed several studies on alcohol intake and weight gain and concluded that when consumed moderately weight difference appears to be minimal. However, the longest period they reviewed and evaluated at the time was only 10 weeks meaning that the data is not sufficient.
  3. Hangover: Researchers have not reached any conclusion regarding the hangover. Apparently, congeners, charged organic molecules that give each drink its unique taste and aroma, are responsible for the famous hangover effect which causes headaches and nausea and mostly appears the next day after drinking. Currently it is believed that dark beverages have more concentration of these molecules, but no more specific data has been concluded so far.
  4. The king of health: Large amounts of polyphenols are found in red wine which have beneficial effects on cardiovascular health, while beer contains minor amounts of polyphenols and more similar to those of white wine. Both options are healthy if consumed moderately, although red wine, having more polyphenols, may bring more benefits. You can also check out our infographic about 9 benefits of wine for your health.

Uvinum wine recommendations: 

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Floral, elegant, silky… the Pétalos del Bierzo 2014 is a wine that seduces and invites to a relaxed dinner with friends and family. Thanks to the vine’s progressive age, Descendientes de J. Palacios achieves a profound and fresh red at the same time.

 

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The Whispering Angel Rosé 2015 has its name from the Whispering Angels chapel from the early 19th century with two cherubs above the altar. The rosé managed to outshine its 2014 vintage which had already convinced many renowned wine critics.

Need therapy? Go to France and drink wine!

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Wine is healthy in many ways and provides a variety of benefits for consumers, besides being linked to a social act or a form of entertainment. Moreover, the French have been trying to promote wine in a hospital. There, a wine bar opened to encourage patients to consume wine as part of a palliative therapy.

This initiative offers several benefits that position France as a pioneer in the introduction of wine as palliative therapy. The hospital lies in Clermont-Ferrand and therapy’s working very well, which is helping to encourage patients to keep going with their treatment. They feel just fine, having fun and medical attention while drinking wine!

Usually, life in the hospital lacks some pleasures we enjoy in our daily lives, so these initiatives are proving to be of interest also to other countries.

Key Benefits

  • Patients and family relationship. In these wine bars, family and patients get together to have a good quality time – away from this hospital atmosphere.
  • Improving the lives of patients. These palliative therapies aim to improve the lives of patients during the time they are in the hospital.
  • Wine cellar. This wine bar has featured wines, it has a cellar to preserve the wines in point.
  • Hospital workers. For workers in the hospital, this initiative is entirely positive. Firstly, because they will also benefit from this wine bar. Secondly, this initiative reinforces contact between the patients and the hospital employees.

Although France is a pioneer of this initiative, it is worth mentioning that other hospitals in other countries have also signed up to offer this kind of therapy.

Uvinum wine recommendations 

May the selection be helpful while therapy!

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M. Chapoutier Bila-Haut Occultum Lapidem 2014: Through biodynamics Michel Chapoutier gets the best out of his wines, reminding us of images from the South of France with its warm colours and scents of Mediterranean woods. 

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Whispering Angel Rosé 2015

Whispering Angel Rosé 2015has its name from the Whispering Angels chapel from the early 19th century with two cherubs above the altar. The rosé managed to outshine its 2014 vintage which had already convinced many renowned wine critics. 

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Château Bergat 2009: Pork and lamb are ideal to match this red wine from Saint-Emilion. 4,5 points on 5 is the average score of Château Bergat 2009 according to Uvinum users with scores of Wine Spectator: 91. 

If you drink beer or wine, you’ll eat better

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According to a study by Miguel Hernández University (UMH) in Elche, students who drink beer or wine in moderation tend to consume large amounts of fish, fruit and vegetables, ingredients that make up the Mediterranean diet and are the basis for a healthy diet.

In contrast, respondents young abstainers (over 1,000 between 17 and 35 years old) admitted they consume less fish instead, they eat larger amounts of meat. Meanwhile, drinkers of all forms of alcohol had a lower intake of fruits and vegetables and twice the amount of meat compared to those who drink beer or wine moderately.

According to these results, 18.9% of participants drank only wine or beer moderately, 19.5% did not drink alcohol and 61.6% consumed all kinds of alcoholic beverages, including high ranking.

The average alcohol intake was 4.3 grams per day, an amount that can be considered low to moderate, as it is less than 11.8 grams per day calculated by the National Health Survey for young adults of the same age, made between 2011 and 2012.

However, they acknowledge the controversy that exists within the international scientific community regarding recommend or not alcohol, albeit moderately, due to the negative effects that excessive consumption can have.

The results of the work done by the UMH demonstrates the importance of jointly study the diet and alcohol consumption when measuring the effects of the latter in the body. The reasearchers also pointed out that the Mediterranean diet inlcudes moderate consumption of wine in the meals thanks to its health benefits.

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Pruno 2014: a red wine from the Ribera del Duero DO made with cabernet sauvignon and tinta fina of 2014 and 13.5º of alcohol strength.

 

 

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Tarima 2014: a red wine from Alicante DO of Bodegas Volver cellar with a blend based on monastrell of 2014 and with an alcoholic strength of 14.5º.

 

13 essential food for spring season

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With the arrival of spring our fridge is full of color and our citrus fruits may be changed for strawberries, cherries, plums, asparagus and spinach. Therefore, now is the perfect time to enjoy seasonal food, an economical option that lets you use the freshest local foods and support their producers.

  1. Strawberries: strawberries are generally easy to acquire throughout the year but is in spring when they reach their peak. When selecting them verify its bright color and appetizing aroma.
  2. Beans: beans are usually seen with gray and hard skin when out of spring, but at the beginning of the season, which varies from February to March, they can be purchased smaller with better colors and tender.
  3. Potato: March is the month of the potato, the best way to eat them is steamed, grilled or stewed.
  4. Green asparagus: while you can get green asparagus all year round in the supermarket, local asparagus are only available in spring season. Those who come out of season purchases are often not as good as seasonal asparagus.
  5. Onions and garlic: chives and garlic can be found at virtually any time of year, but reach their peak at the beginning of spring.
  6. Peas: the best season of the year for peas is about to start, you just have to sauté in a pan with butter, salt and pepper to enjoy and consume.
  7. Loquat: this fruit’s season begins in April. It has a delicious flavor and is very healthy. You can include loquats among the ingredients you use to make spring desserts.
  8. Cherries: cherries are also given in the spring, but will have to wait until May to eat at its peak and at the most affordable price.
  9. Apricots: The end of the spring is the time of apricots. Ideal for making jams and compotes.
  10. Avocado: though we may eat all year, being brought from the Quimbamba, the avocado’s season begins in May. It’s grown mainly in the south and is rich in monounsaturated fats and good fats. It is ideal to replace cream or yogurt in creams and garnishes.
  11. Plums: you start to see plums at the local grocery stores, although they are still a few weeks early to reach their best. It is known for its high content in fiber.
  12. Anchovies: not everyone knows but small fish is more sustainable and healthy, and even more if seasonal. Anchovy is rich in Omega 3, protein, vitamins A and type B and minerals.
  13. Mackerel: this fish has a much more intense flavor that anchovies, is powerful and slightly greasy. It is an economical choice, it does not have scales and is easy to fillet it.

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Sileni Cellar Selection Sauvignon Blanc 2015:  a white wine of the Marlborough DO based on the best of sauvignon blanc from 2015 and 12º of volume of alcohol.

 

 

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Paco & Lola 2015: a white wine with Rias Baixas DO from Paco&Lola cellar based on the top of albariño from 2015 vintage and has a volume of alcohol of 13,5º.