If it’s evening time, it’s got to be celebration with friends and family. But next time you sip a drink, your health is bound to be on cloud nine looking at the range of benefits wine carries. Benjamin Franklin quite rightly agreed by saying “Wine makes daily living easier, less hurried, with fewer tensions and more tolerance.”
However, very few know that wines have been used as an early form of medication, antiseptic, digestive aid and many more health benefits. Let us take an insight into how wines make a fine recipe for health as much as for taste buds and enjoyment.
1. Wine And Heart
Red wine has a compound called Resveratrol that is associated with longevity. This helps lower the risk of diabetes and inflammation. The powerful antioxidants in it help boost Omega-3 fatty acids that reduce the risk of cardiovascular disease.
2. Wine and Brain
Latest studies done in Denmark and Sweden bring good news for patients afflicted with brain problems. Moderate consumption of wine helps reduce the risk of memory disorders and Alzheimer’s disease.
3. Wine and Lungs
Dutch scientists reported after a study done on the link between wine and lung function by saying that both pure resveratrol (found in red wine) and white wine was good for lung function.
4. Wine And Cancer
For men, this is great piece of news. Sip a glass of red wine daily if you want to cut down the risk of prostate cancer by half and oesophageal (food pipe) disorders by 56%. In the Journal of Women’s Health, the scientists have explained that seeds of red grapes reduce estrogen levels which lowers the risk of developing breast cancer.
5. Wine and Weight Loss
You can call it a miracle tonic but wine drinkers get inclined to eating healthy diets that are favourable to heart. Foods such as olives, vegetables, fruit, milk and low fat cheese all put together help wine drinkers get lean to average weight as compared to beer drinkers who prefer the chips, pork, sausages that are fattening.
6. Wine and Vision
Red Wine can halt the blood vessel growth in the eye that can lead to blindness. This is as per clinical research done in Washington University School of Medicine in St. Louis.
Pairing Wine with Cooking
Following are the list of wines that would make a healthy and delicious complement in cooking:
Earthy Red Wine: This full-bodied wine is best for cooking red meat and beef stock
Robust Red Wine: Would gel well with red sauces
Dry White Wine: Ideal for fish, pork and poultry
Sweet White Wine: Blends well with desserts
Sherry: Good for making vegetable or poultry soups
When the wine is cooked over medium heat, higher are the chances of getting more flavours in the recipe. Try and avoid adding wine when the cooking is about to finish as this will tend to overpower the flavour.
Quantity of Wine while Cooking
The right kind of measurement determines the taste and tang of a recipe. Here is a checklist of the quantity of wine you should pour while cooking:
Soup: 2 tbsp of wine recommended per cup of soup
Gravy: 2 tbsp of wine recommended per gravy cup
Sauces: 1 tbsp of wine recommended per cup of sauce
Meats and Stews: 1/4th cup of wine per pound of meat
Poaching liquid for Fish: 1/2 cup of wine recommended per quart of liquid
Now go whet your appetite with health this time, thanks to the choicest of wines available off the shelf and on online portals. Whether used as a marinade, or liquid to cook with, or a flavour to a finished recipe, wines not only make the perfect ingredient but keep you in the pink of health.