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Health Benefits of Wine

Bottoms up! If you’re anything like me, you might like to relax once in a while with a glass of wine (or two!). And we’re hardly alone; according to the 2015 Survey of American Wine Consumer Preferences, 59 percent of American wine consumers are women! But those numbers are just confirming something we already know, something that a cursory Google images search makes blatantly apparent: women love wine. While beer is usually associated with men as a beverage of choice for guys’ night or game day, wine is usually consumed during girls’ night out, or while enjoying a high-end spa treatment, or alone, while watching Bridget Jones’ Diary and eating cheese (a favorite pastime of one of my girlfriends). And even though we may have different reasons for choosing to drink wine, my bet is that not one of them involves the health benefits it offers. Woah. Hang on. Back up. Wine can be good for you?! In fact, it can! Just keep in mind the following health benefits of wine already assume you have an otherwise healthy diet and exercise regimen, and you consume one to two 4-oz. glasses a day (i.e., moderate consumption).

  • Reduces your risk for a heart attack. A study by the Harvard School of Public Health found that moderate drinkers with high blood pressure are 30% less likely to have a heart attack than non-drinkers.

  • Lowers your risk for heart disease. Tannins found in red wine contains something called procyanidins, which protect against heart disease.

  • Lowers your risk for colon cancer. Moderate consumption of wine – especially red wine – cuts your risk of colon cancer by 45% (source: Food & Wine).

  • Reduces your risk of Type 2 Diabetes. It has been found that moderate drinkers have 30% less risk of contracting Type 2 Diabetes than nondrinkers.

    Keep in mind that these benefits apply to one to two 4-oz. glasses of wine a day – not an entire bottle! I don’t want you citing this blog to your friend when you’re five glasses in and trying to justify it. Like with anything else, moderation is key. And if you’d like to discover even more health benefits, you can do so right here.