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Many believe that a daily glass of red wine is an essential part of a healthy diet. Meanwhile, others consider the alcoholic beverage as overrated and awful for the health.
Let’s review both sides to determine whether red wine is good or bad.
Red wine is often thought to be responsible for the “French paradox.” It refers to the perception that the French have low rates of heart disease, regardless of their excessive consumption of saturated fat and cholesterol.
Some experts note that red wine is the dietary agent protecting the French from the damaging effects of these nutrients. However, the scientific evidence claiming that red wine can help avoid heart disease is weak, says Dr. Kenneth Mukamal, an internist at Harvard-affiliated Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center.
Fortunately, red wine has many other health benefits with substantial scientific evidence. Several of which attributes to wine’s potent antioxidants, including resveratrol.
Drinking red wine promotes:
If you drink wine for the resveratrol content, most medical professionals would suggest getting it from a supplement instead. Drinking too much alcohol can lead to devastating health effects, such as:
If you love drinking wine after a long day at work, there is no need to worry as long as you follow the recommended amount for Americans. These are:
Some sources also advise a full day or two without alcohol each week.
Keep in mind that drinking this amount of red wine, in addition to other alcoholic refreshments, could lead to uncontrollable consumption. If you have a history of substance abuse or alcoholism, avoid drinking wine and other intoxicating beverages altogether. None of the health benefits of red wine are worthy of encouraging alcoholism.