By Ed Barillas- Staff Writer
the word alone, wine, takes me back to my childhood in the South of France with images of grazing cows on green hills, vineyards ripe with red and white grapes ready for the picking and drinking fresh cold water right out of the river. I can still see my healthy and robust grandparents as they went about their day sipping on a glass of wine here and there and eating some fresh cheese and bread along with it. My grandparents lived well into their 90’s and had very little to no health complications and were not overweight nor suffered from the excessive wrinkles that older people get. Their diet was the standard diet followed by many in the countrysides of France which consisted of meat from organic feed animals like cows who were allowed to graze all day in the pastures, as well as chicken, ducks, pigs etc.
These animals were out in the open air and received their fair share of sunlight, fresh water from rivers, and all the grass they could eat. This diet allowed grandma and grandpa to have healthy and strong bodies well into old age as well as everyone else in their region as they all had basically the same diet and please keep in mind that back then they did not have Snickers bars, or diet Coke, nor fast food or any of those fake cheesy things that come in a bag.
People back then ate fresh foods and drank fresh juices and wines and lots of fresh water. It was shown in the French paradox on a television show that described the apparent unlikely link between the fact that while the French, especially those in the South of France, ate large amounts of heart-stopping, artery-clogging saturated fats and exercised very little, they had one of the lowest cardiovascular disease rates in the world. Moderate and daily consumption of red wine was given as the most likely reason for this revelation and sparked a red wine mania as sales of red wine shot up 50 percent or over 3 million bottles.
Of course we know now that this artery-clogging saturated fats that the french were accused of eating was actually unsaturated fats as it came from animals and only saturated fats can come from man made products.
Saturated=man made= BAD FOR YOU
UnSaturated= natural from earth and animals=GOOD FOR YOU
Keep in mind that I am not advocating the use of alcohol and if you can get wine fresh with 0 percent alcohol you will be getting the same and more good nutrients and health as the alcohol will not be rising your heart rate nor ruining your liver and brain. Alcohol in general should only be ingested as a medicine PERIOD.
The Bible makes frequent references to the value of wine for health and enjoyment as the Apostle Paul recommended that Timothy drink wine for his stomach’s sake and for his continuous ailments. It never says in the bible that wine should be had for a good time, or does it? Our ancestors knew well of wines healthy advantages when taken in moderation and in fact, up until the 18th century, wine played a central role in medicine. Even the ancient Egyptians of 5,000 years ago developed a method of brewing beer in order to counteract several forms of mysterious and deadly illness.
Wine inhibits the growth of microorganisms that cause several kinds of disease in man. Because of its alcoholic and acidic content, these microorganisms simply die in the wine. In the modern world, wine is accepted as a healthful drink as many household dinners include wine for the entire European family at dinnertime, and in the United States, we are rediscovering its value and benefits in society due in fact to this. But remember that freshly pressed wine is the best. A french scientist showed the world that wine is good for the heart through his new discovery that two to three glasses of wine a day can reduce death rates from all ailments by up to 30%. Wine protects not only against heart disease but also most cancers. Wine also acts against other heart ailments and cancers because of the antioxidant action of polyphenol compounds in grapes.
Wine drinkers have a 34 percent lower mortality rate than beer or spirits drinkers. Moderate drinkers suffering from high blood pressure are 30 percent less likely to have a heart attack than nondrinkers from the red-wine tannins contain procyanidins, which protect against heart disease.
Reduces Risk of Type 2 Diabetes as even moderate drinkers have 30 percent less risk than nondrinkers of developing type 2 diabetes.
Lowers Risk of Stroke as the possibility of suffering a blood clot–related stroke drops by about 50 percent in people who consume moderate amounts of alcohol.
Cuts Risk of Cataracts as moderate drinkers are 32 percent less likely to get cataracts than nondrinkers; those who consume wine are 43 percent less likely to develop cataracts than those drinking mainly beer.
Cuts Risk of Colon Cancer as moderate consumption of wine (especially red) cuts the risk of colon cancer by 45 percent.
Remember, if you buy fresh grape juice you will be getting a whole lot more good health as your body wont have to deal with the alcohol but if you can portion yourself in wine in moderation then you will be able to live longer and enjoy good health more. Cheers!