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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 health?

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 nasty hangover!

 

If you're keen to change your relationship with alcohol visit Hello Sunday Morning'swebsite.