Health Benefits of Wine

Health Benefits of Wine

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Did you know that the next two to fours years will be the best years for the grape?

DNA research on grapes in Australia, France and Italy can help agriculturalists and farmers to identify and reduce the number of microorganisms or parasites that are bringing harm to the plant. Meaning we can look forward to a higher quality wine that will be more readily available!

The presence and evidence of wine has been traced to the first and second millennium in China. As wine evolved the technology began to advance. During the Roman Empire vineyards were cultivated and wine was stored and shipped in barrels. Today, researchers have found a way to test the DNA of grapes and provide us with more insight into progress of the fruit.0408OAKLEY.gif

A recent survey conducted in Los Angeles showed that both young Americans and women prefer: Chianti Classico, Pinot Grigio (Alto Adige and Friuli), Barolo, Barbaresco and Brunlo. However, countries that
are competing for a place in the local cantinaare include Africa, Argentina and Portugal. As you can see, Italian wines have consistently outpaced the French and Spanish wines over the past few years.
There have even been proven medicinal benefits of a chemical compound called resveratrol, found in wine and fruit juices. Resveratrol can also found in peanuts, soy, Itadori tea, cranberries and blueberries and has been linked to human longevity. It is produced in the skin of red or purple grapes and acts as an anti-fungal agent or an antibiotic. The compound transfers to the juice of the fruit during crushing and fermentation, making it available in red but not white wines.

Resveratrol can be found where grapes grow in colder climates such as Northern California, Michigan, Canada and North European countries. Because there is more rainfall and less sunlight, resveratrol is needed to fight against developing fungi.

You can reap the benefits with just one glass of wine per day! It will help your blood cells to pass each other smoothly instead of sticking to one another and creating 0208GIBBERMAN.gifpotential blood clots. According to the AWRI (Australian Wine Research Institute), resveratrol is being studied to determine its effect on damaged DNA and how it may act as an anti-cancer agent. So far, studies show that it may be able to prevent the growth of cancer cells.

The Breakdown:

  • A one-cup serving of grapes yields 57 calories, six grams of protein, 16 grams of carbohydrates, two mg of sodium, one gram of dietary fiber and vitamins A and C.
  • One glass (four ounces) of red wine yields 85 calories, six mg of sodium and two grams of carbohydrates.
  • For more great health articles, visit Eat Know How.

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