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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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Get up with energy! The 5 best breakfasts in the world

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Breakfast is the best meal of the day. It must be healthy and powerful, since many hours await us in which we will do all kinds of things: work, sport, walk… Do you want to know which are the best breakfasts in the world? Explore and make them at home.

Mexico and its “huevos rancheros”

Fried eggs served next to traditional corn bread filled with cheese, tomato and guacamole. And you can also add more ingredients. Without a doubt, a strong and powerful breakfast that can make you no longer hungry until lunchtime.

Full English breakfast

If the Mexican breakfast seemed strong, the English one is something similar but with more ingredients. It features fried egg, sausage, fried mushrooms, baked beans and tomato. In addition, you can add some toasts with butter. More than a breakfast, it is a complete meal.

Turkey and the Mediterranean flavours

The breakfast of Turkey does not fall short but, at least, introduces a series of foods that are part of the Mediterranean diet. There are tomatoes, cheese and cucumber… but more ingredients, like yogurt, can be added.

France and its croissants

This breakfast is more similar to the one we usually eat in Spain. It is usually a quick breakfast, consisting of coffee, croissant, butter, toast and orange juice. But we do not need to go to Paris to try, because we can make it at home every day.

Japan: rice and more

We do not know how people will think about starting the day with rice, but in Japan breakfast includes rice, tsukemono (pickled vegetables), fish, eggs and miso soup. It is an all-in-one that requires some time to eat calmly. We better leave it for the weekend.

In Moscow

The typical Russian breakfast is usually also plentiful. It consists of kasha or oat flakes cooked in milk, eggs, pancakes with cream, butterbrod (white or black bread with cheese and sausages) and dairy. It is delicious, although we will also need a reasonable amount of time to savour it.

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4 Tips For A Healthy Life Drinking Wine

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Every so often new studies documenting the health benefits from drinking wine are published, and almost just as often other studies showing links between diseases and frequent wine consumption appear.

Some of the benefits of enjoying a daily glass of wine include the reduction of cholesterol, stress and diabetes; on the other hand, you also risk the possibility of developing cancer and liver problems. With all this conflicting information it is ok to ask: Can you lead a healthy life when drinking wine? The answer is yes. In the wine itself certain elements are present that are known to be beneficial to health, and so it is advisable to drink a glass of wine a day.

4 tips for a healthy life drinking wine

Moderate consumption of wine does not have to be harmful to your health, indeed, it can even be beneficial if it is included as part of a lifestyle with healthy habits.

  1. Eat a healthy and balanced diet. The most important habit to maintain a healthy lifestyle is to consume a balanced diet with fruits and vegetables being the main food group and make sure your diet also contains sufficient fibre. There are numerous wines that are perfect for pairing with salads and stews. Meat and fish are also important parts of your diet but make sure to choose lean pieces and reduce the intake of animal fats.
  2. Lead an active life. Exercising on a regular basis also contributes to your overall health. It doesn’t necessarily have to be a strenuous sport, the most important thing for improving your health is to exercise regularly.
  3. Reduce stress in your life. Feeling relaxed and avoiding stress is just as important as eating well and exercising. A nice way to try to control the stress is to enjoy good times with friends from time to time, perhaps accompanied with a good bottle of wine.
  4. Drink wine responsibly. Wine can be part of a healthy lifestyle and can even be the perfect excuse to meet friends or to enjoy a meal in pleasant company. Just keep in mind to be aware of how much you drink – the recommendation is a daily glass of wine of 125 ml – and do not drink on an empty stomach.

So, yes, it is possible to lead a healthy life when drinking wine. And, by the way, although it is usually red wine that is mentioned when talking about the benefits of wine, it is worth mentioning that white wine possesses exactly the same positive health effects as red wine.

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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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Discover Your Wine Horoscope For 2018

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We all know our signs of the Chinese zodiac and horoscope, our elements and spirit animal. But do not miss the wine of your soul. At Uvinum, we have consulted the stars to know which wine matches best with your essence in this year 2018.

Aries

The Aries are strong, a little stubborn and always wanting to come first. As a force of nature, you know how to impress those around you and are not easy to forget. Such a memorable character is only satisfied with an unforgettable wine like the Belondrade y Lurton 2015. This wine, which has revolutionised the Spanish white wine market, highlights an incredible integration between fruit and wood.

Taurus

Why do we love the Taurus so much? Because you are a kind, honest person that gives us a sense of security. But above all, you like to enjoy everything that life has to offer. A zodiac as sensual as you finds the best company in the Llopart Brut Rosé Cava, an elegant cuvée of Garnacha, Monastrell and Pinot Noir that seduces on any occasion.

Gemini

As a Gemini, you are always in search of a new experience. Your restless spirit knows how to move worlds and adapts perfectly to any situation. No wonder you have so many different friends. In the famous “Comfort Zone” you do not feel comfortable at all. If they were people, your best friends would be Adventure, Innovation and Curiosity. With these strengths, no one can stop you. You want to fly, you’re going to fly. You do not follow, but you create trends among your friends. And therefore, the wine that best represents you in 2018 is the Moët & Chandon Ice Impérial: Balanced, cool and trendy.

Cancer

Under that hard shell is a heart of gold. Cancers, like good wines, need time. But once opened, they develop all their beauty and inner delicacy. You choose your friends very carefully but then you take care of them as if they were your children. And they know how lucky they are to enjoy such a special person like you. Each cup that is taken with you is a cup full of love and compassion. A classic like you needs a classic like the Marqués de Murrieta Reserva 2013. Favourite of experts like Robert Parker and an excellent companion that improves with each vintage.

Leo

The world hears your roar, and your family and your friends follow you wherever you go. You break with old habits and create new trends. Deservedly the protagonist, unique and of an indomitable character you need a worthy wine like Gérard Bertrand’s Naturalys Merlot. A biodynamic French that, just like you, is a leader in his area that also shows great respect for its roots and the earth.

Virgo

Although many think you are sensitive and fragile, you are a more complex person. You are very strong, but you show a lot of sensitivity and tenderness. With your arms always open, ready to welcome strangers and turn them into friends, sometimes they leave you with wounds. But these small sacrifices are worth it and you quickly recognize who your true friends are, of whom you have many. The Miraval Rosé 2016 frames your spirit to perfection: it is fresh and has a complex structure with delicious notes of red fruits.

Libra

The classic pound that always seeks balance. You like making decisions but it is not one of your strengths. In moments of chaos you offer tranquillity and serenity, and when the party lacks spirit you come to the rescue telling the latest adventures of your daily life with grace and elegance. We do not know how, but you always know how to contribute just what was missing and that is why you have so many friends. You do not forget anyone, and nobody forgets you. You are an integral part of the life of your loved ones. And this leads to the following conclusion: your wine of 2018 is the Llopart Integral Brut Nature.

Scorpio

Friendly, empathetic and ambitious – Scorpio-like, you are very popular among your friends. Another of your superpowers is your subtlety and your pure presence. You stay behind the scenes to get out at the right time. Be at work, at a party or to defend your friends against any danger with your poisonous sting. No one has seen you come but you have come to stay. Pleasant and with a special touch, the Sommos Collection Gewürztraminer 2016 – just like you – knows how to conquer hearts in seconds.

Sagittarius

It’s amazing how you always know how to aim with your bow. Optimism, ambition and a fever of travel are your constant companions. You like to travel, see beautiful landscapes and expand the horizon. You enjoy giving colour to your life and that of your loved ones because a world without colours would be sad and boring. You believe in opportunities offered by destiny and in some magical way you do not miss one. In 2018, your path will take you to many various places, but it will be framed by a glass of Gïk Live, a pioneer like you, the first blue wine in the world.

Capricorn

Each of your steps is well thought out. You know the way, although not always the destination. But it is just what makes you so special. Enjoying the present, you face the future. You quickly come out as the unexpected star of each party, turning strangers into friends and you will keep many of them for the rest of your life thanks to your persistent character. A person like you only finds the best companion in a wine like El Molar 2016. It is written as your biography, experts and novices evaluate this Spanish with excellent reviews, like a diamond to discover.

Aquarius

All life begins in the water. This simple fact makes you an important connector of humanity. And although you are not always the protagonist, you will always be a fundamental part of your group of friends. You are a welcome guest at each party and you should not miss out on any wines, such as the Pago de los Capellanes Joven Roble. Young, fresh, tasty and vivacious, it combines power, structure and rich freshness.

Pisces

Under the sea, under the sea, darling it’s better, down where it’s wetter.” Cheerful and moved, you find security and more happiness when you are surrounded by your family and your closest friends. But to truly appreciate these treasures of life, from time to time it is good to get away. Whether it’s by plane, car or bike – it does not matter, because you’re only going to come back with recharged batteries and new energies. That’s why the 2016 Bicicletas y Peces Verdejo seems to be specially made for you. Vivacious and made to enjoy, this is your wine to enjoy in 2018.

Improve Your Skills with Wine

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There is always something new to read about alcohol and the effects it has on us. The dominant narrative concerns the necessity to drink in moderation and never to drink and drive. Naturally, Uvinum wholeheartedly supports prevention messages from health campaigns.

Nonetheless, recent studies shed a positive light on a moderate consumption of alcohol. The benefits of the Mediterranean diet have long been demonstrated by scientists, so we are not going to dwell on those. Instead, we discovered five studies proving that alcohol can enhance your skills. 

Dancing skills

Last December, The Times published the results of a study by Professor David Nutt which declared that six glasses significantly improved your score at an Xbox dancing game. This corresponds to about one bottle of wine. However, it appears that this new-gained skill disappears beyond six drinks.

Foreign language skills

According to a study published in the Journal of Psychopharmacology and conducted by the universities of the King’s College, Liverpool and Maastricht, one glass of alcohol has a positive impact on self-rated and observer-rated language performance. So, next time you go on holiday on a Spanish or Italian wine route, don’t hesitate to drink some wine to talk with locals.

Problem-solving skills

A new study by Professor Jennifer Wiley of the University of Illinois seems to prove that two glasses of wine or beer make you better and faster at brain teasers than if you were sober. Though, it might be worth pointing out that this effect is limited as alcohol enhances the creativity with which you can tackle a problem but your analytical skills dwindle.

Sense of smell

The Institute of Science in Israel proved in a study that two glasses of alcohol for women and three for men can improve our olfactory performances.  In other words, we identify various odour when slightly inebriated. Although, just as with the other skills, this advantage disappears beyond a moderate consumption.

Social skills

According to an article published in Psychological Science, having a few drinks can potentially improve your social skills. Alcohol seems to facilitate involvement in discussions and to make you smile more, thereby easing social bonding. However, shots of vodka will not replace healthy relationships.

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Castellare Di Castellina Chianti Classico 2015, a red wine from Chianti Classico based on the best sangiovese and canaiolo from 2015.

 

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Château Grand Puy Lacoste Lacoste Borie 2015,  a red wine from Pauillac that contains grapes of 2015.

Give the Spring a good start with these healthy habits

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Spring is a good time of the year to undertake healthy habits in order to feel better. Jot down the following ones!

Mediterranean diet

Experts recommend the Mediterranean diet as an example to follow. It is a varied and healthy diet. Because it consists fundamentally of fruit, wine, nuts and fish. On the website of the Foundation for the Mediterranean Diet there are several easy recipes that makes you able to follow this diet at home.

Increased fish consumption

World Health Organization recommend fish consumption from 3 to 4 times per week. They provide vitamins and minerals, omega-3 acids, and the protection of various diseases, in addition to preventing cardiovascular risks.

A lot of fruit

Along with fish, fruit is also good for carrying healthy habits in the body. It is recommended to eat 5 pieces a day of fruit, something that can sometimes be complex, but that includes juices, shakes and more with fruit.

Less tobacco and alcohol

Tobacco and alcohol increase the risk of heart-related diseases, and promotes diabetes, among other risks. One glass of wine per day is enough for the organism to be protected.

Sport and activity

Exercising is another of the proposals for people to better start the year. It’s not about signing up for the gym, doing weights and machines every day, and ending up without strength. There are many ways to move: from going up and down stairs, to dancing, swimming or walking to work.

Rest and wellness

The health of the inside is seen from the outside. Relaxation, well-being and the decreasing of stress are basic to being able to feel better. Sleeping an average of 8 hours, practicing yoga, meditating or laughing represent good ways to acquire healthy habits and well-being.

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Why is drinking alcohol in moderation good for the heart?

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The phrase “alcohol is good for your health” is often heard, but that does not imply that, by listening to it very often, it is completely true. In fact, the scientific community has debated this topic since immemorial time and, and although they have had some achievements with their studies, there is still the controversy about these results and the difference that separates the community into two blocks. Undoubtedly, the benefit that is most heard is that it ensures good health and function of the heart by ingesting alcoholic beverages in moderation, but the big question is: how much is moderate?

According to experts, the ideal is to have 2 drinks / cups a day if you are under 65 and reduce that amount in half (1) if you pass that age. A drink or a glass a day is equivalent to 350ml of beer, 148ml of wine or 44ml of any other distilled beverage.

Among the many benefits of wine we can find are reduction in risk of cardiovascular diseases, strokes, diabetes, stones (stones) in the gallbladder and different heart symptoms.

The heart especifically benefits from the antioxidants we can find in wines and, in general, helps our entire cardiovascular system. Statistics show that active people who consume moderately wines are 50% less likely to develop heart disease than a person who spends all day in front of the television.

In conclusion, drinking alcohol moderately will bring us health benefits in the long run as long as we do not fall into the excess. Although, as everyone says, it is true that alcohol in large amounts can harm health, leading to pancreatitis, cirrhosis, hypertension, different types of cancers, depression and alcoholism. Remember: alcohol is good if taken in moderation, but it does not mean that, if you do not drink, you need to start. You do not need alcohol to lead a healthy life.

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Excess of alcohol could cause infertility; moderate consumption, not

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Infertility is one of the problems that can tear couples apart, especially when the data tell us that this disorder affects almost 25% of people who want to have children in the Western world.

A study by the University Hospital of Aarhus (Denmark), which was echoed by the Spanish the newspaper ABC, has now revealed that one of the factors that could be the main responsible for the inability to conceive is the excessive consumption of alcohol. According to investigators, a weekly intake of 14 or more units of alcohol reduces fertility in women.

It is known that alcohol consumption during pregnancy can be very harmful to the developing fetus, but the data provided in the recent study support the argument that alcohol should be avoided also during the preconception of a baby.

However, and although it may seem surprising, the study also shows that moderate consumption, less than 8 units of alcohol weekly, has no effect on the ability to procreate, although it is true that it would be advisable to avoid alcohol during conception because at some point we may be already consuming in gestation, which, as we know, is dangerous.

The study was conducted for a year and was attended by more than 6,000 Danish women aged 21 to 45, who monitored their alcohol use, menstrual cycles, frequency of sexual relations with their partners and consumption of tobacco. They formed five study groups depending on the units of alcohol consumed by its members.

The findings indicate that the group consuming 14 or more units of alcohol per week reached only 12% of pregnancy rate, while groups who consumed less achieved 17%.

 

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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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