Wine – Pleasurable Enigma

This article is not all about wine, but about a few interesting and important points as far as you and wine are concerned and as the title of the second article reads, bending a few rules.

In 1991, Dr. Serge Recaud, a French scientist announced to the world proof absolute that a glass or two of red wine with meals helps to reduce the saturated fat levels of the blood, thus reducing the risk of cardiovascular disease.  Of course, he comes from the Bordeaux region of France, where everyone knows that red wine is good for you as a philosophy and not a scientific report.

In 1998 the AP reported another discovery by the good doctor that two to three glasses of wine daily reduces death rates from all causes by up to 30 percent.

Wine protects not only against heart disease but also most cancers.

(Hmmm.  Would be nice…)

And this is the enigma:

After four glasses a day wine has an adverse effect on death rates. Although it still protects the heart, excess drinking raises the danger of cancers and liver disease. Quote from Dr. Renaud.

It seems that one glass makes all the difference.

Renaud maintains that it is the antioxidant action of polyphenol compounds in (fermented) grapes that acts against other heart ailments and cancers.

Years ago in the early 80’s, and recovering from severe anaemia, my doctor recommended that I have a glass of red wine a day. I wanted to follow a natural course to correct my bouts of iron deficiency, but I was not pleased with her suggestion.  I disliked wine or alcohol intensely.  It was not a moral issue for me, but one of taste.  I did not enjoy it and resented this suggestion.

My doctor explained that for the small amount of red wine ingested, the benefits would on the long run be great as the red wine encourages the bone marrow to produce more red blood cells.

Eventually I did take her advice. Once I discovered that French wines and I do not generally agree (often too acidic to my taste) and discovered Italian and later Spanish wines, the job of getting a glass down was no longer effort.  Dining with wine was a pleasant experience.

The key of course to anything good or potentially detrimental is moderation.  On the diet side, each glass of wine is about 100 calories, two is almost a a small breakfast for one (a small egg and toast).

Wine is the most diluted form of alcohol.  Homeopathic medicine is based on a system of extreme dilutions of sometimes potentially dangerous concentrates and poisons such as arsenic.  Dosed over long periods of time, these ease or cure, not kill.  Often it is minute doses that trigger off a self-healing process in the body.  In a way, this is how red wine works – in small “doses” measured not in drops but glasses.

Obviously, overindulgence will kill besides destroying your personal life and those of your loved ones.  A most painful death is to die of cirrhosis of the liver – not always – but often self induced through alcohol excess.

In the meantime, I no longer suffer from anaemia, and I do enjoy a glass or two – perhaps not daily, but often.  I have discovered how wonderfully sensuous a good Italian Barolo tastes, or Spanish Navarra and include Rosé in my private preferences.  And the benefits besides the health and taste?  Cooking with it.  If it is good enough to drink, it is good enough to cook with!

On the diet side, each glass of wine is about 100 calories.
Two to three glasses of wine daily reduces death rates from all causes by up to 30 percent. “Wine protects not only against heart disease but also most cancers.”

Trivia Corner: Making wine predates 3,500 BC.
Wine culture reached Europe via Egypt, Greece and Spain.

2 comments… add one
  • Rumour 12/03/2014, 21:07

    BArolo, not BOrolo. Cheers!

    • admin 12/03/2014, 22:33

      You are absolutely correct. Thanks for catching the typo…it’s been duly corrected!


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