“Everything in moderation,” is a golden rule as far as wine consumption is concerned. No doubt, large scale drinking or addiction to wine is certainly hazardous, as it will shoot up your daily caloric intake. But, a glass of good quality red wine will not do you bad.
Of late, many studies have focussed on the positive effects of moderate wine drinking. If taken in the right measure, good quality wine is found to be beneficial to cardiovascular system. Such a practice is also found to bring down the risk for certain types of cancer.
Since extracted from whole red grapes, red wine is rich in antioxidants that are favourable to health. Studies indicate that a glass of red wine daily, helps in preventing blood vessel clots and also brings down the level of bad cholesterol, LDL. It aids digestion and enhances the production of the good cholesterol, HDL.
Red wine, if taken in the right quantity, also assists in saving the brain from severe strokes. Flavonoids are found in abundance in red wine varieties such as Pinot Noir, Cabernet Sauvignon and Petit Syrah. Merlot and Zinfandel have comparatively lesser levels of flavonoids. Additionally, the mineral salts such as potassium and low amounts of sodium are also present in red wine.
This finding is certainly not your license of justification for heavy drinking. Despite the above-mentioned heath benefits, red wine is found to increase calories considerably. A mere glass of red wine results in calories ranging from 90 to 105 or even more! More over, being a beverage its contribution to your nutritional value is zero. So, by drinking wine you are exposing your body to empty calories.
Therefore, if you are trying your maximum to cut down calories, it is ideal to keep away from the tempting wine glasses till that magic number is reached. Once you attain the required normal weight, you do not have to feel guilty in including an occasional glass of wine in your diet.