Cheers To Good Health With The Stem Glass!


Clink the glass and bring out the cheese to cheer the spirit of Yuletide. Wine surely provides a certain protective gear around your heart, but having it in moderation is the key to good health. Like any other alcoholic drink, wine also has its disadvantages. If not consumed in moderation, it can lead to addiction which in turn can cause liver damage.

Though wine is primarily fermented grape juice, it cannot be forgotten that it has alcoholic content in it. So while the health benefits of wine stem from the fact that it is produced from fermented grape juice, the alcoholic content in it causes the damage that any other alcoholic beverages can cause. And that explains why moderation is extremely essential in reaping the health benefits of wine.

Studies have found a protective effect from both red wine as well as white wine, though evidence from laboratory studies suggests that red wine may possess superior health benefits. The reason behind it being the chemical called resveratrol, which is thought to be partly responsible for red wines’ health benefits. This chemical is produced naturally by grape skins in response to fungal infection, which includes exposure to yeast during fermentation. As white wine has minimal contact with grape skins during this process, it generally contains lower levels of resveratrol. Other compounds like antioxidants and flavonoids are also said to be the reason behind the health benefits of wine.

That’s the good news of the season, so that you can relax while clinking your wine glasses. But as long as moderation is maintained, wine would be all good, tweaking with the balance however can get dangerous for health.

The advantages:

  • Reduces risk of heart attack
  • Lowers risk of cardiac diseases
  • Brings down risk of type-2 diabetes
  • Lowers risk of stroke
  • Reduces pace of brain decline
  • Flavonoids in wine boost the immune system
  • Aids digestion
  • Enhances flavour of food, when paired correctly

The disadvantages (if not taken in moderation):

  • Leads to addiction
  • Burns a hole in the pocket
  • Causes liver damage
  • Might lead to death

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