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How does wine affect your diet?

The relationship between wine and diet has never been clear at all. On the one hand, we have the Mediterranean diet, which praises the wine and allows us to enjoy one or two drinks a day during the meal. But on the other hand, is the concern for calorie control while drinking alcohol.

It is well known that studies on the Mediterranean diet have shown that these eating habits (and the consumption of wine) have been linked to numerous health benefits, including better cardiac health and a lower risk of type 2 diabetes.

To gain better knowledge, some wine producers offer nutritional information on their labels, although it is difficult to know exactly how many calories you consume with each sip, and the final count may vary by a lot.

Despite the number of carbohydrates the wines can contain, there are many wines that work within the objectives of low carbohydrate consumption. A good general rule that can help us is that the sweeter the wine, the higher the count of carbohydrates; Dry reds and whites are often excellent low carb options.

There is another side to this: alcohol interrupts the metabolic process. The body cannot store alcohol because it is a toxin, and because it contains nutrients such as proteins, fats and carbohydrates. Instead, it is filtered from the body. Because it cannot be stored, the body prioritizes the processing of alcohol and stops the metabolization of all other nutrients, which means that carbohydrates that have been consumed are less likely to burn and are more likely to break down into sugars which are then stored as fat.

But it is not entirely correct to say that alcohol is fattening unless it is consumed in large quantities. Dietitians say that what makes you gain weight are probably other foods that you eat that can turn into fat when you drink too much. Moreover, they say that when drinking alcohol combined with proteins and vegetables, which are low carbohydrate foods, it is almost impossible to gain weight.

Other nutritionists and doctors point out that many studies have analysed components of a healthy lifestyle… and one of them is the moderate consumption of alcohol.

 

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Gazela Vinho Verde

New Studies Reveal That Red Wine Has Additional Benefits To The Heart

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There are already several proven studies that show that red wine is good for the heart. And now more evidence of its benefits has been discovered. The study comes from the Department of Comparative Biomedical Sciences of LSU in the United States, where they have developed a new stent that releases red wine antioxidants slowly over time, promoting healing and preventing blood clotting and inflammation.

The people responsible for this development explain that by delivering red wine antioxidants during conventional angioplasty, it may be possible to prevent the build-up of excess tissue and the blood vessel from narrowing again as it heals.

In addition to the stent, they are also in the process of developing a balloon coated with the same compounds to treat blood flow blockages throughout the body called peripheral artery disease. Drug-coated balloons are a relatively new product and are being developed to help interventional cardiologists treat arteries that are difficult to treat with traditional angioplasty and stent treatments.

As mentioned there are more studies that highlight the benefits that red wine possesses to protect the heart. A study published in JAMA Internal Medicine found that resveratrol was unrelated to rates of heart disease, cancer and death. It was also shown in controlled studies that people who drink moderate amounts of alcohol, regardless of the type of drink, tend to have better blood records.

As for a recent study published by the National Institute of Wine Research in Australia, it was shown that drinking wine in moderation reduces the risk of heart disease. People who regularly drink a small amount of red wine, especially if accompanied with food, have a 30% lower risk of heart disease.

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Varvaglione Papale Linea Oro Primitivo Di Manduria 2014

 

 

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Castello di Ama Chianti Classico Ama 2014

What do the 5 healthiest countries in the world eat?

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A study recently published by the British health magazine The Lancet shows the current state of health in 188 different countries. Based on the data obtained in the last 25 years on the evolution of the state of health, diseases and risks in different territories with respect to the socio-demographic factors of each region, the ranking of the healthiest countries of the world includes Iceland, Singapore, Sweden, Andorra and the United Kingdom.

Experts say that in addition to the high index of factors such as average income per capita, educational level or fertility, this result is due to the good eating habits of these countries. This opinion has been supported by multiple nutritionists, who have studied the characteristics of the usual diet of these countries.

Here’s a look at the eating habits of the 5 healthiest countries in the world based on the research:

5. United Kingdom:

British population is moving away from processed foods in favour of local, seasonal produce. Winter vegetables such as swedes, parsnips and brussels sprouts, which are commonly grown in the UK, are great for their nutrients such as vitamin C and contain more valuable fibre.

4. Andorra:

Andorra is the second largest consumer of wine in the world, a fact that seems to be related to the health of this small European country. Different studies have shown the many health benefits of red wine, which contains antioxidants that help prevent cardiovascular health conditions such as high cholesterol or strokes.

3. Sweden:

The daily diet of this Scandinavian country is composed of multiple fermented foods that facilitate good digestion. Among the local delicacies is the filmjölk, a kind of yogurt that is usually present at all breakfasts.

2. Singapore:

Traditional Singapore cuisine is known by its high use of spices such as ginger and turmeric. In addition to being essential ingredients to make the typical local curry dishes, these spices possess properties highly beneficial to health: they are anti-inflammatory, anti-nausea, and help to improve blood circulation.

1. Iceland:

Fish plays a fundamental role in the life of this Scandinavian country, forming an important part of its economy and food. Salmon and herring are the most consumed species on this island, which benefits from the high content of Omega 3 provided by their meats. Their typical dish is the Harðfiskur, a dry fish usually served with bread of coal grains.

 

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Marqués de Murrieta Reserva 2010

 

 

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Viña Ardanza Reserva 2007

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.

 

Red wine could help prevent erectile dysfunction

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According to a recent research conducted by the UK and USA, the wine and grapes in general are “super sexual” foods that are able to help to prevent erectile dysfunction. This is another good thing to add to the list of advantages that wine provides to our health such as the cardiovascular system protection and memory improvement.

The research, conducted by Harvard University and East Anglia University teams, has been published in The American Journal of Clinical Nutrition and revealed that middle-aged men who drank and ate foods such as red wine, berries and citrus fruits were 10% less likely to suffer from erectile dysfunction due to the presence of flavonoids.

These substances are natural pigments that help protect the body from damage caused by oxidizing agents such as ultraviolet rays or environmental pollution and thus also help prevent some diseases. In this sense, beverages such as wine and tea contain high levels of flavonoids, which are also present in fruits and vegetables.

To conduct the study, more than 50,000 test results were taken, on which men were asked their ability to have and maintain an erection. They were tested every four years, gathering all kinds of information such as their daily diet, weight, physical activity, caffeine intake and other habits like tobacco.

One third of the population reported suffering erectile dysfunction during the study, but those with a diet rich in anthocyanins and flavonoids were less likely to suffer from it. On the other hand, men who maintained an active physical activity like walking up to 5 hours per week, combined with a diet rich in flavonoids, had a lower rate of erectile dysfunction.

Professor from East Anglia University Aedin Cassidy explained: “We examined six major types of flavonoids commonly consumed and found that 3 in particular -anthocyanins, flavanones and flavans- are beneficial.” He concluded: “men who regularly consume foods rich in these flavonoids are 10% less likely to suffer from erectile dysfunction”.

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Coto de Imaz Reserva 2010: a red wine with Rioja DO which blend contains tempranillo of 2010 and with an alcohol content of 13.5º.

 

 

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La Rioja Alta Gran Reserva 904 Magnum 2004: a red wine with the Rioja DO based on the top of tempranillo and graciano from 2004 vintage and 12.5º of alcohol strength.

 

 

Wine is beneficial to women’s hearts

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The analysis’ were performed on women between 27 and 44 years of age who filled out questionnaires about their health habits and lifestyles. The analysis found that women who followed certain six healthy habits were less likely to suffer from cardiovascular diseases.

Moderate wine consumption, at a rate of one drink per day, was one of the 6 habits. The other 5 were not smoking, maintain a low body mass index, endure at least 2.5 hours of physical activity a week, watch less than 7 hours of television a week and eat in a healthy and balanced way.

What researchers believe is that 73% of the cases of coronary heart disease recorded while the study was conducted could have been avoided if all participants had followed these lifestyle habits.

“Adherence to a healthy lifestyle is also associated with a significant reduction in the risk of developing heart disease among women who had already developed a risk factor for cardiovascular diseases, such as diabetes, or hypertension, or hypercholesterolemia.” – says Dr. Andrea K. Chomistek, lead author and assistant professor of epidemiology and biostatistics at the University of Indiana in Bloomington.

On the other side, the researchers at Harvard Medical School have released findings on the relationship between moderate alcohol consumption and the decreased risk of developing heart failure.

“What we have found was that those who drank moderately up to seven drinks a week had a lower risk of heart failure“, Solomon said. For men, the protective effect seemed to come at about two drinks per day, and for women one drink per day.

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Viña Ardanza Reserva 2005: a red wine with DO Rioja produced with tempranillo and garnacha from the 2005 vintage and 13.5º of alcohol content. 

 

 

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Honoro Vera 2014: a red wine Calatayud with garnacha of 2014 and presents an alcohol content of 14º. Honoro Vera 2014 is ideal to combine with hard cheese and manchego cheese.

 

 

8 foods that are no good for your digestion

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  1. Fats and fried food: We all like fried food once in a while. The problem arises if we want to eat it frequently and night time. “The stomach can’t  cope with that large amount of fat at a time, so it slows down”, says Dr. Anton Emmanuel, director at the Charity Core Center. It can cause heartburn, acid reflux and nausea.
  2. Spicy food: If you are not used to eating very spicy food it is very likely that it causes you stomach pain. A dairy product can help to calm down the nausea after having a spicy meal.
  3. Cheese and milk: If you feel stomach cramps or swelling after consuming these foods you might me suffering from lactose intolerance. Lactose intolerance occurs when people do not produce enough digestive enzymes to break down the sugar which is found in milk, called lactose. If you are intolerant to lactose, you can take other products with calcium like eggs, meat and fish.
  4. Fruit: Citrus fruits can cause heartburn, especially if taken on an empty stomach.
  5. Processed food: Processed food contains various chemical ingredients and high amounts of sugar and salt. They can cause stomach pain, diarrhea and mood swings.
  6. Coffee: Coffee stimulates the production of stomach acid. If consumed excessively it can cause inflammation, heartburn and stomach cramps. It is best to consume it together with other food.
  7. Gum: Some gum brands contain sweetener called sorbitol which can cause bloating and diarrhea.
  8. Ketchup: this sauce contains wheat and can therefore be difficult to digest.

We for our part, recommend a balanced diet, do some exercise and drink a little bit of wine every day, which is always good for both health and for joy 🙂

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Cune Crianza 2012: Cune Crianza 2012 is the evolution of “Tercer Año”, the first to be produced in Haro. Its vinification followed the ste ‘Claret’-style of the Médoc in Bordeaux

 

 

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Corimbo 2012: a red wine from Ribera del Duero DO of Bodegas La Horra cellar made with tempranillo of 2012 and 14,5º of alcohol. 

 

 

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More wine and… better sex life

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This is the result of a study by Ricardo Bartoletti and Nicola Mondaini, two doctors from the University of Florence. Following their investigation there is a causal relationship between the moderate and regular consumption of wine and a better sexual health of women.

The study shows that drinking wine with moderation, about 1 to 2 glasses daily, makes women relax and loose inhibitions.

The study was carried out between approximately 1.000 Italian women between 18 and 50 years of age. In the group, there were as many non-drinking women as women drinking wine moderately on a regular basis.

The objective of the research was to measure the rate of female sexual function (a measure used in other scientific studies to investigate femal sexuality including issues such as sex life, desire, interest in sex, lubrication, orgasm, satisfaction in relationships or pain while having sex). As a result, the doctors found out that the group of women drinking 1 or 2 glasses a day, had a better index of sexual desire compared to the non-drinking women of the group.

From these results the doctors concluded that “there is a potential relation between the consumption of wine and a better sexuality“. Their hypothesis states that the chemical components of wine might stimulate the circulation towards the erogenous zones of the body and in this way increase the sexual stimulation.

Mondaini pointed out that red wine “makes women feel more relaxed and their body react better to sexual incentives” and he suggests that the Mediterranean diet, that includes a little wine, can help to improve health and sex life.

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Psi 2013: a red wine from Ribera del Duero DO based on the best of tinta fina and garnacha from 2013 and has a volume of alcohol of 13.5º.

 

 

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Flor de Pingus 2005: a red wine with Ribera del Duero DO based on tempranillo of 2005 and with 14º of alcohol content. 

 

 

Are you aware of the benefits of wine on health? Discover them now!

 TAGS:undefinedDrinking wine is an undisputable joy. The better if it comes with a great number of advantages for our health. Do you want to know which ones?

Among others, wine improves the memory, helps prevent the apparition of cataracts as well as improve our cardiovascular system and even diminishes tooth decay.

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But why does wine bring so many advantages for your health? One of the keys lies in the resveratrol, a vegetal component (polyphenols), which is found in red grapes’ skins as well as seeds and contains multiple benefits for your organism. Containing more of this component, red wine delivers far more benefits than white wine.

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Well, now you know, if you maintain a balanced diet, exercise regularly and drink one of two glasses of red wine per day as per the World Health Organization, your body will benefit from the numerous advantages of wine. Would you like to discover all of them? See our infographic!

 

The secret of a long life? A healthy lifestyle… and some wine

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National Geographic explorer Dan Buettner, after performing hundreds of interviews with elderly, has discovered five regions in Europe, America and Asia called “Blue Zones”, which have the highest concentration of centenarians in the world.

Buettner, in his book The Blue Zones Solution speaks precisely about the feeding of the inhabitants of these areas. For the author, Americans should follow the example of these people, with extremely low rates of diabetes, obesity and cardiovascular disease.

The inhabitants of the blue zones keep in motion, have social circles with healthy lifestyles and take time to relax. But they also give importance to their diets.

Buettner recommends to follow the example of this centenarians “eating the lightest meal of the day in the evening or at night” or “eat most vegetables, especially legumes. Eating meat infrequently and on servings of 85 to 110 grams”. On average, people in the blue zones consume servings of this size 5 times per month.

Besides this, Buettner said each zone is characterized by foods that seem to be conducive to longevity. On the island of Ikaria, he says “what separates this island from other parts of the region, is the emphasis on potatoes, goat milk, honey, beans, chickpeas and lentils, wild vegetables, fruits and fish”. Other foods eaten by centenarians are feta cheese, lemon and herbs such as sage or marjoram.

In Sardinia they consume a large quantity of sheep’s milk and pecorino cheese, in addition to “a moderate amount of carbohydrates, flat bread, sourdough bread and barley”, the diet is balanced with fennel, beans, chickpeas, tomatoes, almonds and one or two glasses of wine a day (mostly Grenache grape variety).

Meanwhile in Japan, centenarians have maintained “the habit of eating a food from the land and from the sea every day”. The preferred ingredients are bitter melon, tofu, garlic, rice, green tea and Shiitake mushrooms, besides a large number of medicinal plants in infusions.

In an adventist community in Loma Linda, California, they seek to extend the life by not drinking, no smoking, no dancing, and follow a biblical diet which consists of cereals, nuts, fresh fruits, vegetables and water.

In Costa Rica, the great secret of the diet are “the three sisters” of Mesoamerican agriculture: beans, corn and squash. Besides papayas, yams, bananas and peach palm fruits, rich in vitamins A and C. The water of the area is also rich in calcium.

Dan Buettner believes that we can imitate the eating habits of these places as far as possible. In the U.S. started the “Blue Zone Project” to help communities adapting to this healthy lifestyle.

So, if you want to start leading a healthier life, start eating a balanced diet, do some sport and drink one or two wine glasses every day. Cheers!

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M. Chapoutier Bila Haut Occultum Lapidem 2013: a red wine from Côtes du Roussillon Villages DO of M. Chapoutier cellar with the best bunches of 2013 syrah and grenache and has a volume of alcohol of 14º.

 

 

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Camins del Priorat 2013: a red wine with this DO: Priorat vinified with cariñena and cabernet sauvignon from 2013 and with an alcohol content of 14.5º. 

 

 

*Image: Mirona Iliescu (flickr)