Bottoms up for good health
We often justify a glass of red wine with the excuse
that a tipple is good for our health. But how
many glasses can we actually attribute to good
Wine, particularly red wine, contains antioxidants called
polyphenols, which have been linked to preventing chronic diseases
like heart disease, cancer and type 2 diabetes.
While some evidence suggests moderate consumption of red wine
may be good for you, the key is "moderate consumption".
National guidelines for alcohol consumption recommends people
drink no more than two standard drinks on any day but it is
important to remember that alcohol affects everyone differently,
and this recommendation may not be right for you. For
example, if you are overweight or have high blood pressure, you may
be advised by your doctor to drink less or not to drink at all.
While red wine may have some benefits to health, most people
drink far more than is healthy and this contributes to weight
gain. A 200ml glass of wine (two standard drinks) contains
600 kilojoules, the same amount of kilojoules as four teaspoons of
butter or margarine. So if you're looking for ways to
increase your antioxidants, fruits and vegetables are packed full
of antioxidants and other nutrients and won't leave you with a
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