With parties and dinners on the horizon, we need to start thinking about how to make healthier choices this season. Winter and holidays go hand in hand with the consumption of red wine. We’re here to guide you on how to make health-conscious decisions about the wine you choose to drink.
Red wine has long been considered a heart healthy drinkâ¦ as long as it’s consumed in moderation. According to the Mayo Clinic, antioxidants, substances found in red wine may help prevent coronary heart disease, the disease that leads to heart attacks, and polyphenols, the antioxidants in red wine may help protect the lining of blood vessels from your heart. Doctors believe that part of the benefit could be that the antioxidants in red wine can increase the level of “good” cholesterol and protect against the build-up of cholesterol that leads to blood clots.
Let’s learn about the healthy compounds of plant origin that a glass of red wine contains:
- Antioxidants – Balance or neutralize free radicals.
- Flavonoids – The largest type of antioxidant developed from the seeds and skins of grapes and found in red wines.
- Polyphenols – Compounds that reduce inflammation. Resveratrol is one of this group of compounds.
The resveratrol in red wine comes from the skins of grapes and because red wine is fermented with longer grape skins than white wine, red wine contains more resveratrol. Alternatively, red and purple grape juices have the same benefits as red wine.
Scientific terminology aside, balance is always key when it comes to red wine (and alcohol in general). Consumed in moderation, red wine may have cardiovascular and anti-inflammatory benefits. However, when you consume a few servings of red wine a day for an extended period of time, health problems, lack of sleep, high blood pressure, liver damage, and difficulty with your pancreas can occur.
If you lead a healthy lifestyle (we highly recommend you give it a try!), Figuring out the right approach to wine can be confusing. That being said, some wines are healthier than others. Did you know that the FDA doesn’t regulate alcoholic beverages, and winemakers aren’t required to create ingredient labels, so you could drink wine with over 50 different additives? By additives we mean things like fish bladders and gelatin. I don’t know about you, but we have doubts about the possibility of drinking wine at the next function.
During this holiday season, we are using natural wines. Organic is usually what comes to mind when we hear natural in front of a product, but natural wines are much more than that. The very minimum requirements for a wine to be labeled as a natural wine is that it undergoes a fermentation process based on indigenous yeast and that it does not contain any additives other than nominal sulfur.
Enter Dry wines from the farm, a natural, low-alcohol, health-focused wine club that offers healthy, high-quality, clean, sugar-free wines. Each wine contains no additives and is suitable for all diets including paleo, low carb and ketogenic. They do things differently.
The company was founded in 2015 and sources wines from small, sustainable organic farms across Europe and South Africa. Unlike most traded and processed wines, these are wines that are grown and made naturally. We will say it this way, they make wine from the same fruits that they would give to their children.
Naturalness is only part of their criteria. The farm’s dry wines come from organic farming on healthy soils and are always fermented with native wild yeasts. Even the name of the company means it’s healthy, as the farm’s dry wines depend only on rainfall (no additional irrigation), which therefore preserves the antioxidant content of the grapes. With less than 1 gram of sugars and carbohydrates in wine, this is a much healthier wine option. They pride themselves on laboratory testing to select and verify the purity of their products.
Natural wines aren’t for everyone, but they’re definitely for those who care about what gets into their bodies, don’t want groggy days, and want better overall performance.
But don’t go back to indulging in natural red wine for heart benefits. Too much red wine and alcohol in general can have harmful effects on your body. For healthy adults, men 65 and under should drink up to two glasses of red wine per day, while men over 65 should drink up to one glass per day. A drink is defined as 5 ounces of wine. Long live healthy wine to drink this holiday season.