A red wine diet?! Sign me up!

“A glass of wine a day is good for you.”

I am sure we have all heard this fun fact at one time or another, but is it really true? People are more likely to blindly believe things when they hear what they want to hear. One of the downfalls of trying to properly diet is that people often feel like they have to make many sacrifices and give up most of their favorite junk foods. So when they hear that they may not have to give up on indulging themselves in alcohol, they generally do not bother asking too many questions about how it works. Let’s get to the bottom of this fun fact right now.

What should we believe?

Throughout the 1990s red wine was promoted as offering exceptional benefits for heart health. In 2007,  Roger Corder, a leading researcher with England’s William Harvey Research Institute, wrote a book called “The Red Wine Diet.” In this book he sets to answer three main questions: How does red wine reduce heart disease? What is the protective component? Do all red wines confer the same benefit?  This book is thoroughly researched and has become the definitive source for all wine based diets.

What Roger Corder was able to conclude from his research is that the magical ingredient in red wine are a group of flavonoid polyphenols called procyanidins. These are the organic chemicals that are responsible for the deep color and complex flavor in red wines. Corder concluded that procyanidins are good for your blood vessles, and prevent clogged arteries, high blood pressure and high cholesterol. He also concluded that not all wines contain the same level of procyanidins. They are typically found in younger wines, and especially French and Italian varieties. This is probably one of the factors that contribute towards the long life spans of the people from the southwest of France.

What’s the catch?

Before you get all excited and despite to go pick up your favorite bottle of wine, it is important to understand that like almost everything else, moderation is key. Corder even warns that you should not pick up his book if you are looking for a quick overnight fat loss fix. His Red Wine diet is a gradual and holistic approach to living a longer and healthier life, with weight loss being one of the many benefits that occur over time. A lifestyle of nutritious foods and exercise should be incorporated with the red wine diet for optimal results. Another thing to remember is that alcohol can also stimulate the appetite. This can easily lead to you becoming undisciplined and indulging on some of your favorite junk foods.

In conclusion, the most important thing you should take away from this article is moderation. A glass of red wine a day can have some beneficial health effects, but a bottle of wine a day is likely to do more harm than good. There is also no magical remedy that can replace proper nutrition and exercise as the keys to losing weight and becoming more fit. For more information on exactly how procyanidins work, and which wines you should drink I highly encourage you pick up the book “The Red Wine Diet” by Roger Corder.



In Health and Fitness,

FR Rowlett Team


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