Wine, when it was only French, was a luxurious drink of the rich and the classy. Wine, in its democratized forms, is now a luxury made available at every supermarket and has come a far way from its tradition of being produced in France and Germany.
Lately wine drinkers have the choice of selecting their bottle of wine produced in the vine yards of California, Chile, Australia and India, to name a few. Wine had always had a high brand image as a drink meant only for the aristocrats unlike beer, whiskey and brandy which is more associated the common man’s pub drink.
Complimenting this established popular perception, good French wine cost you the earth. Till a few decades ago, wine was made available through specialist wine outlets, stored in huge cellars and dispensed by wine-wise sommeliers in restaurants. But as more and more countries proved themselves to be sources wine as good as the French, supplies expanded dramatically and suddenly, wine became an affordable drink to all which has given reason to more people switching from stronger alcohol based drinks to more milder intoxication of wine.
Wine has therefore made a successful transformation from being an elitist and unaffordable drink to a drink for the masses.
There is a ‘French Paradox’ related to the lifestyle and food habits of the French. Despite French cuisine having a diet high content of saturated fats, the French have displayed a tendency to significantly low risk of cardiovascular disease. In short, what the French Paradox explains is, in spite of leading unhealthy lifestyles, their love for wine, helps the French lower their susceptibility and risk to cardiac and vascular illnesses.
Of the natural occurring fruits and vegetables, grapes are a good source of natural polyphenols, especially resveratrol, which has an effect on reducing blood sugar levels and clearing out toxins and fat deposits from the blood arteries and veins.
It’s the paired effects of alcohol and polyphenols, which result in its anti-oxidation properties that offer protection against cardiovascular morbidity, and cancers. The polyphenols levels are high in wine that is aged. Drinking a glass of red wine during and after meals helps to get rid of the bacteria and rinse the teeth, says a new study, and this effect is visible even in non-alcoholic wine, which even the teetotalers can now enjoy. The active components in red wine that protect teeth are some naturally occurring flavonoid compounds previously found to have antioxidant properties.
Daily consumption of red wine is said to reduce the risk of several types of cancers including lung and ovarian cancers. Decline in cognitive functions is one of the visible signs of growing old and aging.
Moderate wine drinkers face reduced risk of disease such as Alzheimer’s disease. The decrease in the blood flow to the brain can be countered by regular, moderate wine drinking, which otherwise could lead to dementia. The prescribed limit for an adult is three standard drinks of alcohol per day which turns out into approx. 100 ml for men and a little less for women.