Now it is a fact - red wine is more beneficial than white wine, say scientists from institutes worldwide. They advise a constant and regular use of red wine, in moderation, of course.
Wine is probably the oldest alcoholic beverage, invented by man, it is still struggling for the first place prize with beer. The word "wine" itself comes from the Greek word: "Fοινος", which translates as "wine and vine". By definition, wine is an alcoholic beverage that is most commonly produced by the fermentation of grapes or other fruits, such as apples, currants, blueberries and more.
Red wines are made from whole fruits, so the content of polyphenols in them is quite high. Preparation of white wine requires the separation of grape skins then the fruits are pressed into grape juice and thus its vitamins are reduced.
Today the main aim of winemakers around the world is to create not just wine, but red wine with unique character. The character of the wine is a complex quantity, which depends entirely on the location and cultivation of the grapes, its variety and its processing method. In recent years, wine countries are undergoing a renaissance.
Composition of wine
Often called the drink of the gods, wine from grapes is a complex beverage familiar throughout the cycle of human existence. Normally, red wine is composed of 85% water, 12% ethanol, sugars (from 0 to 150 g per 1 liter), acidity (4.5 to 10 g per 1 liter of tartaric acid equivalent) and also phenols and tannins.
Tannin is a component of grape skins and is the one that determines its color. An interesting fact is that two types of red wine, even if they are from the same identical laboratory may have completely different characteristics of flavor and overall quality. Red wine is a source of antioxidants, especially resveratrol, a powerful force that neutralizes free radicals.
This compound is quite rare, except as a vine, and larger doses of it can be found only in peanuts, and some less common types of berries. A liter of red wine contains 5-6 mg, but some varieties that amount could have up to 15 mg. Red wine contains melatonin, which makes it a good tool to beautify and erase wrinkles on your face.
Culinary uses of wine
Wine is often called "the spirit of European cuisine”. Not incidentally - cooking with wine on the continent is an inherited tradition for millennia, because even the Romans literally "drowned" in catering with wine. In many cases, instead of boiling water only red wine in large quantities was used.
Today, European cuisine, as if seeking to escape from these brave amounts advise elegant chefs to add 2-3 glasses of wine, and quite often, from 50 to 100 ml. Wine is used for imparting flavor to the dish - mainly meats, and often vegetables and various sauces. Quite often, it becomes part of marinades and without red wine, there is no way to prepare the popular wine kebab.
When cooking with wine, food becomes more easily digestible because tannins make meat and vegetables more tender. Furthermore, the acidity helps to reduce animal and vegetable fats, which means culinary food handling by the intervention of wine makes it more healthy than if cooking with water. When using wine for culinary purposes, the grape elixir must be qualitative. Bad wine will make your dishes not taste good.
Benefits of Red Wine
Beneficial properties of red wine are so many that it is difficult to list them all. Polyphenols found in red wine, play an important role in limiting the development of atherosclerosis.
The antioxidants in red wine are at times more than the vitamins. The positive effect of wine on cholera, typhoid and tuberculosis bacillus, eliminating various viruses such as polio and herpes is undoubted.
The secret of red wine lies mostly in the compound resveratrol, which has the ability to eliminate free radicals responsible for skin aging, may induce cancer or cataracts.
It is known that people who drink wine regularly have lower rates of flu. Red wine, warmed with a little sugar and honey, is recommended in the treatment of people with respiratory problems, bronchitis, inflammation of the lungs.
Dry red wines derive radionuclides and toxins from the body and boost your immune system, it is also recommended for patients with anemia.
Compress with red wine reduces pain and prevents shingles from developing.
Wine assists the normal functioning of the nervous system, it is a remedy for everyday stress. Good protection against depression and fatigue comes from high energy and muscat dessert wines, champagne. Half a glass of wine eliminates sleep disorders.
Red wine is also used in some diets, because it stimulates the metabolism and helps in faster burning of substances.
Research shows that drinking red wine can stimulate brain activity and thinking. Students do better on tests after taking resveratrol, an ingredient contained in red wine. The substance increases the blood supply to the brain and protects against heart disease.
Regular consumption of wine is useful, but do not overdo it. Excessive intake of wine can lead to alcoholism! The daily dose of red wine for men is 300-350 ml, while for women, it is advisable to have just 150 ml.
Weight Loss with Red Wine
Nutritionists have long advised us that if we diet, not to consume alcohol and to avoid taking unnecessary calories in. But according to recent studies, women who regularly consume moderate amounts of red wine are less likely to gain weight. Combine business with pleasure every now and drink a glass of wine, but do not forget, however, that the dose determines the outcome.