Mangia Mondays:: Drink Up

Happy Monday, my dears, and welcome to Mangia Mondays!

I co-host this foodie blog hop every Monday with the gorgeous Kristin of Delightfully Dowling and we hope you’ll join us to link up a recipe, a restaurant you’ve enjoyed, or anything having to do with enjoying culinary delights.

Ever once in a while I like to mix it up on Mangia Mondays, so today instead of a recipe, I thought I’d share with you all sorts of wonderful justifications for enjoying a glass of vino!

A few years ago an article in Food & Wine Magazine piqued my interest in the health benefits of wine.  We all know the hazards of overconsumption; I’m talking moderate wine drinking here – one to two 4 oz. glasses a day according to the American Heart Association.

{Do you know how much 4 ounces is in your wine glass?  I measured water and poured it into my favorite wine glass – and was surprised at what a small amount it was!  Considering that there are many risks associated with drinking more than the recommended amount, it’s a good thing to know.  The last thing I want is to be an excessive drinker – gross.  But a glass of wine in moderation – enjoyable and beneficial!}

In a 2011 report, the Centers For Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) deemed moderate alcohol consumption a low risk lifestyle behavior that along with not smoking, adequate physical activity and a healthy diet, can “exert a powerful and beneficial effect on mortality.” {via}

Wine in particular contains antioxidants that are beneficial to your health.

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Moderate wine drinking:
Reduces heart attack risk.
A 16 year Harvard School of Public Health study published in the Annals of Internal Medicine, 2007 revealed that moderate drinkers suffering from high blood pressure are 30% less likely to have a heart attack than non-drinkers.

Lowers risk of heart disease.
Red wine tannins contain procyanidins, which protect against heart disease, according to a study published in Nature, 2006 by Queen Mary University/London.

Lowers risk of stroke.
An 8 year study by Columbia University, published in Stroke, 2006, showed that moderate drinkers are 50% less likely to have a blood clot-related stroke.

Promotes longevity.
A 29 year Finnish study published in the Journals of Gerontology, 2007, shows that wine drinkers have a 34% lower mortality rate than beer or spirits drinkers.

Slows brain decline.
A study published in Neuroepidemiology, 2006 by Columbia University showed that brain function declines at a faster rate in non-drinkers than drinkers.

Reduces risk of Alzheimers.
According to the Alzheimer’s Research Center, “Red wine is known to contain resveratrol and other protective substances, which modulate several mechanisms of Alzheimer’s pathology, including decreasing the levels of amyloid plaques.”

Reduces risk of type 2 diabetes.
Several studies support findings that moderate drinkers have less risk than non-drinkers of developing type 2 diabetes.  According to a study of over 300,000 people by Amsterdam’s VU University Medical Center published in Diabetes Care, 2005,  moderate drinkers are 30% less likely to develop the disease than non-drinkers.  A report by the University of Udine, Italy states:  “Red wine consumption during a meal significantly preserves plasma antioxidant defences and reduces both LDL oxidation and thrombotic activation. The consumption of a moderate amount of red wine during meals may have a beneficial effect in the prevention of cardiovascular disease in diabetic patients.”

Cuts risk of cataracts.
A Nature, 2003 article of an Icelandic study revealed that moderate drinkers are 32% less likely than non-drinkers to get cataracts, and wine drinkers are at a particular advantage – 43% less likely to develop cataracts than beer drinkers.

Cuts risk of cancer.
The antioxidants in red wine are found to “destroy pancreatic cancer cells by reaching to the cell’s core energy source, or mitochondria, and crippling its function” according to a study by the University of Rochester Medical Center, published in Advances in Experimental Medicine and Biology, 2008.  Drinking red wine cuts the risk of colon cancer by 45%, according to a study published in the American Journal of Gastroenterology, 2005 by Stony Brook University.

So go on and enjoy your wine (in moderation of course!)  In addition to wine’s health benefits, consider this German saying:

Drink wine, and you will sleep well. 
Sleep, and you will not sin. 
Avoid sin, and you will be saved. Ergo, drink wine and be saved.

Cheers – to your health!