This Valentine’s Day, celebrate with those you love with … a glass of wine. What about? It is the most opportune time to feed your romance with a dinner accompanied by a quality red wine. We often see articles circulating on social media, declaring the health benefits of certain types of alcohol consumed in moderation. Although I believe there may be some truth to this, I think that people need to be careful, especially with wines.
Be aware, as many producers aim to meet high demands, leaving quality standards aside. Therefore, always thinking about the best way to live a life of health and vitality, be strict with what you consume and, in addition to the taste, research more about the therapeutic powers of food.
What’s up? Do you want to know my recommendation of the best wine to serve on Valentine’s Day and make your celebrations much happier, tastier, and healthier? Stay with me.
What are the health benefits of wine?
Wine is rich in antioxidants called polyphenols, including resveratrol, with anti-inflammatory and anticancer properties that are well established by science and indisputable. In addition, resveratrol in red wine even has anti-aging properties that have been associated with increased life expectancy, and the prevention and treatment of chronic diseases, such as cancer, Alzheimer’s, diabetes.
As resveratrol is highly soluble in alcohol and is present in abundance in red wine, this ensures that your body can absorb this antioxidant more in red wine than in other sources. Therefore, if you are looking for the therapeutic effect of wine, red is my recommendation.
I do a ketogenic diet … can I consume wine in the same way?
Many people who practice the ketogenic diet question me about wine consumption. My answer is: if you drink a glass of wine a day, your state of ketosis – when your body is producing energy through fat deposits – will not be impacted. If you increase your consumption to two glasses, there will be a small imbalance in this state of metabolism that will not affect your final result.
The problem is when you increase to three. Then, yes, alcohol compromises ketosis. Therefore, the ideal dosage is one to two glasses for men and one for women. Attention: there is no use drinking anything during the week and, on Saturday, drinking all. You will end up unbalancing your body.
What are the benefits of an intermittent fasting diet?
If you are a lifestyle advocate doing intermittent fasting, be aware: certainly, anything that raises blood sugar simply doesn’t have a place in this program. However, there are red wines that are relatively low in sugar, such as cabernet sauvignon, although almost all of the wine mass-produced today is not that way.
Wine is created by placing the juice of the grapes in a fermentation process, which transforms the sugars into alcohol. This means that, in theory, it must be compatible with intermittent fasting, allowing it to ferment completely. Only a few producers do this.
What is the healthiest type of wine?
Although wine has the potential to provide health benefits, this is probably not the case for most wines.
There are different ways in which grapes are grown and processed that can affect the final product, completely compromising any health benefits. That’s because, even though the wine is labeled organic, there are several questionable additives that can be mixed with the wine during processing.
What’s the difference between organic and biodynamic wine?
A decent choice of wine is the organic ones you find in the grocery store with the sign on the mark. Therefore, when buying your product, always ask for guidance from the store’s experienced salesperson.
The same goes for biodynamics, which is produced according to a philosophy of agriculture that preserves the biodiversity of the winery.
But all this does not mean that wines that do not fall into these categories – organic, biodynamic, and natural – cannot be healthy. It all depends on the producer.