A recent paper published in ‘The International Journal of Epidemiology’ has shown that ‘The Lancet’ study from 2018 has flaws in its analysis, which concluded that there is no “safe” level of alcohol consumption. Now, University College London’s Sir Nicholas Wald and the London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine’s Chris Frost claim that there is a large body of evidence showing that moderate drinking offers protection against certain diseases, especially cardiovascular ones.
- One study called ‘PREDIMED’ (Prevención con Dieta Mediterránea) shows that wine drinkers, particularly those having between 7 and 14 units per week, had a lower number of cardiovascular risk factors compared to non-drinkers, which was measured by looking at glucose tolerance and triglycerides levels among the 7,500 randomised participants.
- A separate study found that older people with heart failure who consume up to seven alcoholic drinks per week may live longer than those who elect not to drink at all.
- Additionally, evidence from a Brazilian study considering the timing and type of alcohol consumption and the Metabolic syndrome (which is a medical term for a combination of diabetes, high blood pressure and obesity), it was also shown that moderate wine consumption had a “protective effect” in terms of reducing the risk of cardiovascular disease and diabetes when drunk with meals, but a “neutral effect” when drunk outside.
- Furthermore, a new study published in the peer-reviewed journal ‘BMC Medicine’ has found that light-to-moderate drinking could be beneficial to our health, including for people with heart disease. According to this study, patients with heart disease who drank six grams of alcohol per day on average were associated with a 50% risk reduction of heart attack, stroke, and even death. Even those who averaged a higher eight grams of alcohol consumption per day would see a 27% reduction in death risk compared with those who did not drink, the study found (an average pour contains 14 grams of alcohol). Ultimately the research found that, while even increased alcohol consumption up to 62 grams per day was not associated with a heightened risk of heart attack, “non-drinking patients should not be encouraged to take up light drinking because of well-known adverse effects on other health outcomes, such as cancers.”
- Finally, professor of nutrition Lamuela-Raventós has claimed that polyphenols found in red wine may help to burn calories in food.
Interestingly, alcoholic drinks are often referred to as ‘empty calories’ and the main component in wine that gives calories is ethanol, nevertheless wine also contains minerals such as Potassium, as well as a diverse range of Polyphenols (more than 75 kinds from anthocyanins to flavonoids) the most famous of which is resveratrol. A natural phenol such as resveratrol can help the body increase the amount of brown tissue produced in the body, which is a type of ‘good’ fat that turns food into heat that helps you to burn more calories in food.
So there you go, enjoy that glass of wine with dinner!
If you want to mix it up a little then here’s a few of our Spanish wine and food pairing suggestions from Fragas do Lecer & us to you:
- Our Silver award-winning Monterrei Tinto ‘Fraga do Corvo’ Mencia is a red wine that pairs well with light meat or vegetarian dishes
- Our Monterrei Blanco Godello pairs beautifully with a tuna salad
- Our Monterrei Blanco ‘Fraga do Corvo’ Godello is a delicious pairing with a whole range of seafood such as prawns or white fish like Hake or Sea Bass or even wild mushrooms
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