When I think of all the dietary habits I have had to give up or greatly modify as I age the one change I am thankful for is drinking more wine (in moderation only). I never drank much wine, preferring other spirits, and when I did it was white. LOL, I guess that changed when I started hanging around with cardiologists!
Wines, particularly red wines, are chock-full of healthy flavonoids (like anthocyanins and tannins) as well as other nutrients like resveratrol which is found in the skin of red grapes and thought to have numerous heart healthy effects. And, of course, there is a useful amount of alcohol which has been shown to increase HDL (Good) cholesterol.
I am enjoying a 2006 Tannat as I write this. The Tannat grape is the "national grape" of Uruguay and thought to contain relatively high amounts of resveratrol (although not as much as my other favorite wine, the Malbec's of Argentina and Chile). I also find exploring and tasting wines to be an interesting and enjoyable as well as healthful hobby.
So, how about you? Any wine connoisseurs out there? What do like about wine?
Here's to your health!
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