Diet and red wine can coexist in our diet? And in general, the wine is good for health and it is better to avoid it?
The debate on the subject is on the one hand there are those who do not recommend the consumption wine, focusing on its negative effects on our body. On the other hand there are those urges to drink in moderation, giving prominence to effect beneficial that certain substances in wine, such as resveratrol (a powerful antioxidant), have on our body.
Wine Diet: YES or NO?
Luca Piretta explains that a diet, to the maximum permitted a glass of red wine a day, that compared to white and the beer contains a greater amount of polyphenols (natural antioxidants found in plants). They are instead absolutely to be avoided spirits (those drinks that have an ethyl alcohol content of more than 21% by volume as a result of fermentation of sugars).
A reasonable and moderate consumption, in line with the principles of the mediterranean diet, may be allowed, even on a diet, provided they comply with the permissible doses.
Drinking wine without due control, in fact, not only cause serious damage to health, (especially in the liver, pancreas and nervous system), but also results in a substantial increase in calories taken. Suffice it to say that every gram of alcohol provides 7 calories well.
In addition we assume that the calories consuming alcoholic substances are the first to be used by the human body, which means that those provided by the carbohydrates and lipids are deposited in the form of fat reserves.
The difference there is also the way we drink wine. It is better sip, instead of drinking it all in one breath, since the body can metabolize only a certain amount of ethyl alcohol per hour and, if it is exceeded, the alcohol becomes toxic.
The wine is good for health!
“This statement – explains Luca Piretta – stems from the so-called French paradox. It is believed that the French, while eating high amounts of cheese, were not affected by a higher incidence of cardiovascular disease by recruiting red wine “. In fact, the red wine has a high content of polyphenols (in particular resveratrol) that would work as a protective factor. These “phytonutrients”, valuable plant compounds with beneficial properties, contrast the formation of free radicals and promote blood circulation. Polyphenols also also protect against oxidation of cholesterol “bad” (in jargon called “LDL”).
“However – continues Dr. Luca Piretta – must not think that drinking wine actually play a clinically relevant role from this point of view.”
Piretta also refutes the argument made by some studies that suggest that in sarrebbe wine contained a substance called piceatannol (derivative of resveratrol), which allows you to control obesity. “According to a recent study – says Piretta – the piceatannol apparently carrying out anti-insulin action thus reducing the formation of adipose tissue. But it is far too early to reach definitive conclusions, but the idea is certainly interesting.”
So diet and wine is a possible combination, it is important to combine them sparingly respecting the dosage.
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Wine: When it is best to avoid drinking?
There are cases where it is strongly recommended not to consume wine. In pregnancy, young people under 15 and people with liver disease, pancreatic and gastrointestinal, because for these people alcohol is particularly harmful.
The myths about wine
Alcohol helps fight the cold
The alcohol generates an apparent feeling of warmth by dilating the superficial blood vessels, however, shortly after it produces cooling of the deep ones. So you have a sudden cooling of the body that can cause damage, especially if you are not in a hot environment.
The wine makes good blood
An excessive consumption of alcohol can lead to various forms of anemia, it is also one of the causes of the increase in the percentage of fat in the blood.
The alcohol gives strength
Ethyl alcohol has a sedative effect on the body, thus reducing the sensation of pain and fatigue, but does not favor in any way an enhancement of physical performance.
The alcohol promotes digestion
And ‘the exact opposite: alcohol slows digestion, producing gastric hypersecretion and emptying the stomach.
The alcohol quenches
It can cause dehydration. In fact, because alcohol is metabolized need to drink large quantities of water, which is ejected in large part via the urine, being blocked the hormone that regulates the diuretic activity due to the intake of alcoholic beverages.
Alcohol helps them to recover from a shock
It is not true that alcohol helps to recover from a shock: on the contrary, causing peripheral vasodilation, causes a decreased blood flow to internal organs and especially the brain.