Wine and health
People appreciate wine for its properties which bring joy to one’s soul and relieve day-to-day troubles. Wine making, as a branch, originated in ancient times.
Doubtful benefit of wine
Many devotees to wine and other alcohol beverages believe that wine is not only a healthy beverage, but it’s medicinal as well. It’s hard to say whether this is true or not. The mass media is full of contradictory statements about wine, making it hard to come to a single conclusion.
Until recently, a lot has been mentioned about the beneficial properties of red wine, as a source of antioxidants.
Recently, specialists at Connecticut University claimed falsification in the studies about super healthy wine properties.
In all honesty, is there any benefit for health in wine? As Harvard scientists believe, resveratrol is not a stable substance. It is quickly converted into an inactive form in the light.
There’s an opinion that the inactive form of resveratrol makes the protein sirtuin more active. Sirtuin possesses a quality of prolonging cell life. However, it causes depression and anxiety.
There’s no complete scientific evidence of a wine benefit for health. While still a beverage, loved by many people, is often endowed with exceptional properties. We will not go into details of scientific battles, but rather view wine as a beverage that is one of the pleasant compounds of our life. Wine consumption may be both healthy and unhealthy. Where’s the truth? The amount that is consumed matters. Cobra’s poison kills. And yet, the same poison in a small amount cures. It means that everything depends on how much wine you drink.
Many people consider wine to be a product. Viewing wine as a product, its composition is as follows:
There are 2 g of proteins in 1dm³, which is why wine isn’t a good source of protein.
Carbohydrates mainly turn into spirits under fermentation. An infinitesimal amount is left, depending on the type of wine. 1dm³ contains2 3g. White wine contains even more carbohydrates, up to 20 g.
Wine doesn’t contain fats.
Wine doesn’t contain fiber.
Wine contains water in different quantities, depending on the wine’s kind.
Wine contains a few kinds of spirits, depending on the quality and technology of wine making. In this manner, a wine’s bouquet is created.
No scientist would tell you that spirit is good for health. When any amount of spirit gets into the body, erythrocytes of the blood stick together. This leads to the clogging of the brain capillaries, causing nerve cells to die off.
Microelements in the salt composition
Wine contains potassium, magnesium, sodium, and phosphorus. In order, to provide the body with a daily norm in these substances, you need to drink about 10 dm³ of wine.
Ferum, cuprum, zinc, and manganese are present in wine. Some microelements are found in an inactive form and don’t bring any benefits to the body as they are not digested. Wine is a good source of ferum.
Vitamin content in wine is insignificant. There are mainly B group vitamins. Vitamin B1 is not digested because of sulfites contained in wine.
The content of polyphenols in wine, influencing our health, is moderate when compared to other products.
For example, 1 teaspoon of dry product of
coffee (Mexican, Brazilian, Columbia, Kenyan, Javanese) contains 227,7 148 mg;
tea (Dubai, Sri Lanka, China) - 513 252mg.
1 cup of fresh juices of
black currant contains 1805,4 mg;
cherries of dark kinds 1350 mg;
bilberries 686,8 mg.
1 cup of various wines from different countries of the world contains 510 352 mg. If a person likes wine, he or she will be oriented on its consumption. If someone doesn’t like wine, he or she will satisfy his or her antioxidant requirement with a cup of tea, coffee or a glass of juice.
Wine with a high sugar content isn’t recommended to people suffering from sugar diabetes. High content of sugars and spirit sharply raises the levels of sugar in the blood.
People, who are sensitive to sulfites, should also consume wine carefully.
Psychologists warn elderly people against frequent wine consumption because these people lack compensatory properties of the young age.
Wine is not simply a product, wine is a lifestyle.