Only a few drops…….
By Simone Stromer, MD, CHC
The health benefits of moderate alcohol consumption (a glass a day for women, 2 glasses for men) are not ground-breaking news. Packed with polyphenols from the skin and seeds of grapes, a glass a day of your favorite wine (especially red) may be associated with advantages ranging from reducing cholesterol to preventing chronic diseases like heart disease, diabetes and cancer. My favorite red wine is Shiraz, a dark-skinned grape variety popular in Australia and Europe, with aromas of berries, chocolate, espresso and black pepper.
The key to experiencing the benefits of wine is through the age-old wisdom of “everything in moderation.” Too much wine may be associated with disease, and as I remind people everyday in my practice, regular alcohol drinking may result in weight gain due to its empty calories. If you enjoy a glass of wine, I advise drinking it as part of a Mediterranean diet – an eating plan full of mostly fruits, vegetables, grains, legumes and good quality olive oil. I also highly recommend using wine as a seasoning in cooking to enhance and accent the flavor of the food. With just a few drops of leftover drinking wine added to your short-grain brown rice, you can turn boring whole grain rice into an Italian Risotto!
Dr. Stromer is board-certified in health and nutrition counseling by the American Association of Drugless Practitioners (AADP) and a graduate of the Institute of Integrative Nutrition in New York City. She is also board certified in family medicine in Australia, where she practiced for 7 years before beginning her integrative health and nutrition practice.
She is particularly interested in helping women and mothers who are busy balancing work, social demands, and family, and who wish to get results that are life-long and easy to sustain. Her areas of specialty include: weight loss and maintenance, disease prevention, stress and energy issues, and nutrition for pregnancy.