photo by Lisa Wright Burbach
National Wine Day
Do you like a glass of wine at the end of the day? You're not alone and studies show it may be a good thing. But, before you get too excited let's talk servings. It is recommended that the maximum level for good health is not more than one 5 ounce glass per day for women and 2 per day for men. Some studies suggest 3 ounces is a good serving size if you have a glass a day.
Some of the benefits:
May reduce risk of Type 2 Diabetes
Reduced risk of Cataracts
Can increase HDL
May lower LDL
Fights free radical damage
Lowers risk of heart disease
May help with cognitive function as we age
While there are benefits, it is important to remember that there are risks as well. Excessive drinking can lead to damage to your brain, liver, and other internal organs and an increased risk of breast cancer and other diseases. In addition, consider the calories, a typical 5 ounce glass of red wine has around 125 calories. If you are watching your weight or trying to lose, this can quickly add up. If you drink 2-3 small glasses of wine you are consuming 250-375 additional, non-nutritive calories. That is the amount of a small meal.
Enjoy a glass of wine, but remember moderation. Drink with a friend, consider drinking only with meals/food (alcohol can stimulate the appetite), and drink mindfully; enjoy the experience, flavors, and aromas.
Be safe and drink responsibly. Ask for help if you are concerned that you drink too much.