News flash! Our bodies can actually benefit from wine! So whip out that Pinot Grigio, Moscato, or Stella Rosa because it’s about to be a grape holiday.
It’s no secret that an excess amount of alcohol is consumed over the holidays. Whether it's cocktails or craft beers, these are all ways we commonly celebrate the holidays and bring in the new year with family and friends. Because the holidays are essentially centered around food and alcohol, it is slightly worrisome just how many calories make up our typical holiday. What if I told you there was a way to still enjoy all the same festivities but consume far less calories? And on top of that, actually receive health benefits? That’s right! A healthier holiday is possible!
Alcohol has always received a bad reputation in the health community, mostly for its potential risk factor in Hypertension, Cardiovascular Disease, Cancer, Anemia, etc. etc. Here, however, we are going to explore the benefits of wine and how its nutritious qualities separate it from the negative perception of alcohol. We’ve always heard the saying “too much of something is never a good thing,” which stands true with wine. Rest your weary heart, because a tasty glass of wine can be far more satisfying knowing you can maintain your health all the while honoring your favorite holiday gatherings.
The following are little known benefits of wine that can make you a believer for life!
Our goal here is not to alter or change the way you celebrate the holidays, but rather to enjoy this precious time with family all the while bettering your health. Living a healthier life doesn't mean you have to eliminate the overall aspect of alcohol. Instead, I hope this can help you be mindful of what you eat and drink over the holidays without all the worry of the long-term negative impacts alcohol can have.
'Tis the Season
Thinking about drinks to take to your family holiday gathering? Aren't sure what everyone will like? Here are some great suggestions for you!
As we all so eagerly waiting for our Christmas turkey, what better way to impress the family with a wine that perfectly pairs with its delicate taste? Because turkey isn't the richest of meats and has a low fat content, there is much to be gained from pairing it with a beautifully crafted wine (Sing & Bujak, 2018). Now I know how difficult and overwhelming it can be walking into a wine aisle, but here are the ones to look out for!
Didn't see what you were looking for? Need more options? Here is a simple guide to all your holiday pairings.
Anfindsen, S. (2015) The Health Benefits of Red Wine. University of South Carolina, Scholar Commons. https://scholarcommons.sc.edu/cgi/viewcontent.cgi?article=1038&context=senior_theses
Cockburn, H. (2016). Red Wine Could Boost Brain Power Due to Compound Found in Grapes, Scientists Believe. Independent. https://www.independent.co.uk/life-style/health-and-families/health-news/get-paid-red-wine-northumbria-university-newcastle-a7322561.html
Porretta, C. & Cutler, M. DO, PhD. (2018) 11 Power Foods for Lower Cholesterol. Everyday Health. https://www.everydayhealth.com/high-cholesterol/diet/power-foods-for-lower-cholesterol/#11
Sing, A. & Bujak, M. (2018) Wine with Christmas Turkey - Food
Matching. Decanter. https://www.decanter.com/learn/food/wine-with-christmas-turkey-food-matching-285778/
Stanz, C. (2018) The 10 Health Benefits of Wine Will Inspire You to Pour a Hearty Glass Tonight. Wide Open Eats. https://www.wideopeneats.com/10-health-benefits-get-drinking-daily-glass-wine/
The Digestible; a site for easy to understand food, nutrition, health, and energy balance information.