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Wine fact: there is increasing scientific evidence that moderate, regular wine drinking can reduce the risk of heart disease, Alzheimer’s disease, stroke, and gum disease…so raise a glass to health!
We all know that Champagne and strawberries make for the perfect match and now there’s even more reason to enjoy the two together.
A team of Italian, Serbian and Spanish researchers has confirmed the protecting effect that strawberries have in a mammal stomach that has been damaged by alcohol. Scientists gave ethanol (ethyl alcohol) to laboratory rats and, according to the study published in the journal Plos One, have thus proved that the stomach mucous membrane of those that had previously eaten strawberry extract suffered less damage.
This is not only because the bright red fruit is rich in antioxidants itself, but it also seems to activate the body’s own defenses against free radicals and other cell-damaging molecules.
The conclusions of the study state that a diet rich in strawberries can have a beneficial effect when it comes to preventing gastric illnesses that are related to the generation of free radicals or other reactive oxygen species. This fruit could slow down the formation of stomach ulcers in humans.
If you need an excuse to pop the cork on a bottle of bubbly this festive season, here it is: It’s good for your heart.
British academics have found that champagne is packed with polyphenols – plant chemicals thought to widen the blood vessels, easing the strain on your heart and brain.
And researchers believe the health benefits aren’t limited to the expensive stuff but are also found in cheaper alternatives such as cava and prosecco.
The Reading University study builds on earlier findings that two glasses of red wine a day help keep heart and circulatory problems at bay.
Polyphenols are believed to boost the levels of the gas nitric oxide in the blood, which then widens the blood vessels.
They are found in relatively high levels in red wine but not in white.
Champagne, however, is most commonly made from a blend of red grape varieties pinot meunier or pinot noir and white chardonnay.
Researcher Dr Jeremy Spencer said: ‘The question was would champagne have the same impact as red wine or would it have the limited impact of white wine?’
He showed that champagne had a far bigger impact on nitric oxide levels than a polyphenol-free ‘dummy drink’ of alcohol mixed with carbonated water.
Polyphenols are also found in tea, olive oil, onions, leeks, broccoli and blueberries.
Dr Spencer added: ‘The benefit is the same but it doesn’t seem as much fun somehow.’
It’s so much easier to eat on the go, but snacking can do major calorie damage to your system. Luckily, it’s possible to treat yourself to snacks and remain healthy
“Snacks are a terrific way to satisfy your hunger and speed up your metabolism,” says nutritionist Bev Croock. But it’s important to pay attention to what you eat: stay away from foods that are high in calories and saturated fats.
“Let no more than three hours pass between meals or snacks,” Croock says. “This way, you’ll ensure a constant supply of glucose to your body’s cells. More energy and fewer cravings for sugary and fatty foods will be your reward.”
Croock has a few quick and healthy snack ideas:
– Apple or banana with almond butter
– Cottage cheese mixed with yogurt, berries and walnuts or pecan nuts
– Hard-boiled eggs with carrot and celery sticks and hummus
– Celery sticks with organic peanut butter (a classic quick snack)
– Avocado slices wrapped in deli turkey breast
– A piece of sprouted grain or whole grain toast with nut butter and berries
– Freshly sliced pineapple with a handful of macadamia nuts
– A bowl of blueberries mixed with raw almonds
– Cottage cheese with cinnamon, apple slices and walnuts
Here’s how to ensure healthy snacking becomes a part of your dietary routine:
– Prepare your snacks in advance
– Keep your snacks with you
– Give yourself a variety of choices
– Satisfy cravings with healthy alternatives
– Read serving size information
There are a number of studies that discuss the health effects of red wine on women.
According to an US doctor , the properties found within red wine when drunk in moderation have been shown to reduce heart disease and decrease the inflammation found within arthritis in women. And depending on the amount of wine consumption and the type of cancer, the drinking of red wine can decrease the rate of cancer.
In a recent study conducted by University of Missouri-Columbia, it was established that red wine contains compounds that help ward off pathogens known to cause food-borne illness. With wine’s combination of ethanol, low pH, and phytochemicals—such as resveratrol, which is also known for its antioxidant properties—strings of E. coli, Listeria and Salmonella can’t endure the chemical cocktail.
Call it fluoride for grown-ups: new research suggests a crisp chardonnay may fight cavities.
Italian researchers who tested supermarket-bought red and white wines report both were effective in controlling the growth of bacteria that cause tooth decay and sore throats.
Sadly, though, the ingredients work best when you remove them from wine.
The researcher says the components in wine that fight oral bacteria might one day be added to mouthwashes and toothpastes. Experiments are already being carried out in humans to test wine’s effects on cavities and upper respiratory tract infections, according to Gabriella Gazzani of the faculty of pharmacy at the University of Pavia in Italy.
Her research team has been looking at components of food that might possess any kind of biological activity. The finding suggests wine “enhances oral health,” the researchers conclude.