So is wine good for your health or not. The answer until recently was a qualified YES. According to the experts, red wine lowers cholesterol, reduces risk of heart disease, lowers risk of stroke, cuts risk of colon cancer, controls blood sugar, and prevents dementia. This is supposedly due to it containing several antioxidants, such as polyphenol and resveratrol. The following articles explain the details:
- Is wine good for you
- Six reasons why a little glass of wine each day may do you good
- So how good is wine for our health
- Is wine good for you. Sorting facts from fiction
- Red wine – good or bad
However England’s chief medical officer released new guidelines in January 2016 saying that the negatives of drinking outweigh any positives, and similar results that come from drinking a glass of red wine a day can be achieved simply by eating less and exercising more. Similar scepticism was expressed by the Centre for Addictions Research of B.C. at the University of Victoria in March 2016. There was a Wine & Health Conference in Logrono, Spain in February 2017 which was held under the auspices of The International Organization of Vine & Wine so the subject has clearly not been exhausted.
Personally, I think Louis Pasteur got it right when he said that “Wine is the most healthful and hygienic of beverages” If the direct health benefits are not as great as originally claimed, I fall back on the psychological benefits. You do have to watch the calories though. An ounce of wine equates to approximately 25 calories so a standard 6 ounce serving will equate to roughly 150 calories. it may be slightly more or less depending on the alcohol (ABV) level. This contrasts to 154 calories in an 11.2 ounce bottle of beer i.e. the standard small bottle of 341ml.