We often hear that a glass of red wine is good for your health; and although this is in theory true; thanks to the presence of resveratrol, flavonoids, polyphenols and antioxidants; it is important to highlight that two or more glasses of red wine a day could have the opposite effect; it could increase triglyceride levels and the risk of developing breast cancer, it also triggers migraines and overweight issues. In order to take full advantage of the multiple benefits of this drink you must know the nutrition information on Red Wine; did you know for example that a large portion of the calories come from sugars and alcohol?
Nutritional Information on Red Wine (based on 100ml – 3.4 fl oz)
Until recent years, the standard glass of wine was 125ml; however, wine is now being served in a 175 ml glass in many restaurants and bars; adding extra calories to the “healthy glass of red wine”
Red wine is one of the favourite drinks in many European countries and it is becoming more popular in places such as Argentina, Chile, The United States and South Africa. Although excessive alcohol consumption could cause serious consequences to your health and well-being; many researches have proven the multiple benefits of having a glass of red wine a day – 125 ml.
Benefits of Red Wine
Nowadays, people are more concern about healthy eating and healthy lifestyle; this is one of the reasons why red wine consumption is on the increase, a glass a day could help to keep our arteries clean, decrease the risk of cardiovascular disease, rejuvenate and hydrate the skin and act as a powerful antioxidant. According to the American Heart Association, the compound in red wines plays an important role in:
- Preventing the start and development of atherosclerosis: red wine helps to maintain healthy blood vessels and reduce the damaging effects caused by bad cholesterol, smoking, high blood pressure and diabetes (some of the main causes of cardiovascular diseases)
- Reduce inflammatory cells and the activation of platelets; one of the main factors for blood clotting.
- It increases level of good cholesterol or HDL by as much as 12%: this is extremely useful to reduce bad cholesterol and as a positive effect, the fatty plaque formation that could cause cardiovascular diseases is considerably reduced.
- The antioxidants in red wine also reduces plaque formation and its compounds provide an anti-clotting effect; which helps to reduce the risk of heart attack and strokes; however, moderate to heavy consumption of red wine or any type of alcohol has the opposite effect.
Although many benefits have been scientifically proven, there isn’t strong evidence to suggest that non-drinkers should start having a glass of wine to keep atherosclerosis at bay.
- Red wine also rejuvenates and hydrates the skin thanks to its antioxidants properties; polyphenols (one of its compounds) is believed to be 50 times more powerful than vitamin E and 30 times more than vitamin C.
- The ant-ageing effect of resveratrol is highly beneficial to prevent injuries to blood vessels in the retina and prevents eye disease in general.