Have Your Wine & Drink it Too
Healthy Practices for Wine Consumption
Wine, Wine Glorious Wine …
I like wine quite a bit. In fact some days I even drink water out of a wine glass just to feel fancy (a client taught me this), but despite the old adage that a glass of wine a day is good for you, there are some tricks to making this true.
According to the Blue Zones Project, one of the five factors of people living the longest is a daily glass of wine with friends.
But it has to be with friends!
No one has been able to determine if its the wine or the social time that is causing people to live longer, but there is a clear correlation that “Wine at 5” done with friends, helps you live longer.
So, here are some more science-based tricks for you to consume wine in a healthy way …
1) Wine is high in sugar but you can hack that.
Follow this chart which shows you the sugar content of certain wines.
Dryer wines are also higher in tannins (which are good for you)
www.fitvinewine.com is a company that carries great low-sugar wines
2) Time your wine post workout.
Weird tip from a health care professional I know, but drinking wine post work out on an empty stomach is actually a pretty good way to do it. Of course, have a glass of water first and if you had a heavy work out, do it with some protein, that way you will get a buzz quicker which will make you drink less (in theory). Post workout, the sugar in the wine will replenish glycogen stores in the liver rather than depositing them on your hips.
*Don’t tell your personal trainer I told you this trick
3) Purify your wine
There is a great product called Pure Wine out of Australia. It delivers a potent shot of H202 to your wine eliminating active preservatives (sulfur dioxide) without changing the taste. http://www.purewine.com.au/buy-online-o
4) Add oxygen to remove the toxins from your wine.
Wine is supposed to breathe for a reason. If you are the impatient type (like me) and just can’t wait to slug back that glass of wine, then you can use an aerator or even a blender for 20-30 seconds. You will notice a yummy difference in your wine after you aerate it.
*Oxygen is what carries flavor, that is why gluten products are so yummy (gluten traps air).
5) Drink higher altitude wines.
Two-thousand feet or higher in elevation is the best. At this elevation, the grapes get better sun exposure and grow at a cooler temperature which has been shown to increase the antioxidant resveratrol and polyphenols (which are good for you).
6) Try and find wines that have been fermented for 10-15 days.
The standard fermentation time is 1-2 days currently but a wine that has been fermented longer will have a higher antioxidant content.
7) Check the PH
Cabernet should be at 3.4 and Chardonnay should be at 3.2. A lot of winemakers will simply add sugar to counteract the bad taste created by a PH that is off-balance.
You can get PH test strips at the drug store to test your wine, which is actually really fun to do!
8) Don’t buy toxic wine!!
A while back a class action lawsuit was filed in California against some of the biggest winemakers, claiming incredibly high levels of arsenic. Amounts were 4 – 5 times the amount allowed by the EPA in drinking water.
*Wine lobbyists and alcohol lobbyists constantly fight labeling what is in your wine and this means that alcohol companies don’t have to label what is in their products.
What they generally found was that the lower the price the higher the level or arsenic. Here are some brands they researched:
Trader Joes famous two buck chuck had 3x the limit set by the EPA and the famous boxed wine, Franzia had 5 x the amount.
Here is a list of wines that are part of the pending lawsuit:
- Acronym GR8RW Red Blend 2011
- Almaden Heritage White Zinfandel
- Almaden Heritage Moscato
- Almaden Heritage White Zinfandel
- Almaden Heritage Chardonnay
- Almaden Mountain Burgundy
- Almaden Mountain Rhine
- Almaden Mountain Chablis
- Arrow Creek Coastal Series Cabernet Sauvignon 2011
- Bandit Pinot Grigio
- Bandit Chardonnay
- Bandit Cabernet Sauvignon
- Bay Bridge Chardonnay
- Beringer White Merlot 2011
- Beringer White Zinfandel 2011
- Beringer Red Moscato
- Beringer Refreshingly Sweet Moscato
- Charles Shaw White Zinfandel 2012
- Colores del Sol Malbec 2010
- Glen Ellen by Concannon’s Glen Ellen Reserve Pinot Grigio 2012
- Concannon Selected Vineyards Pinot Noir 2011
- Glen Ellen by Concannon’s Glen Ellen Reserve Merlot 2010
- Cook Spumante
- Corbett Canyon Pinot Grigio
- Corbett Canyon Cabernet Sauvignon
- Cupcake Malbec 2011
- Fetzer Moscato 2010
- Fetzer Pinot Grigio 2011
- Fisheye Pinot Grigio 2012
- Flipflop Pinot Grigio 2012
- Flipflop Moscato
- Flipflop Cabernet Sauvignon
- Foxhorn White Zinfandel
- Franzia Vintner Select White Grenache
- Franzia Vintner Select White Zinfandel
- Franzia Vintner Select White Merlot
- Franzia Vintner Select Burgundy
- Hawkstone Cabernet Sauvignon 2011
- HRM Rex Goliath’s Moscato
- Korbel Sweet Rose Sparkling Wine
- Korbel Extra Dry Sparkling Wine
- Menage a Trois Pinot Grigio 2011
- Menage a Trois Moscato 2010
- Menage a Trois White Blend 2011
- Menage a Trois Chardonnay 2011
- Menage a Trois Rose 2011
- Menage a Trois Cabernet Sauvignon 2010
- Menage a Trois California Red Wine 2011
- Mogen David Concord
- Mogen David Blackberry Wine
- Oak Leaf White Zinfandel
- Pomelo Sauvignon Blanc 2011
- R Collection by Raymond’s Chardonnay 2012
- Richards Wild Irish Rose Red Wine
- Seaglass Sauvignon Blanc 2012
- Simply Naked Moscato 2011
- Smoking Loon Viognier 2011
- Sutter Home Sauvignon Blanc 2010
- Sutter Home Gewurztraminer 2011
- Sutter Home Pink Moscato
- Sutter Home Pinot Grigio 2011
- Sutter Home Moscato
- Sutter Home Chenin Blanc 2011
- Sutter Home Sweet Red 2010
- Sutter Home Riesling 2011
- Sutter Home White Merlot 2011
- Sutter Home Merlot 2011
- Sutter Home White Zinfandel 2011
- Sutter Home White Zinfandel 2012
- Sutter Home Zinfandel 2010
- Trapiche Malbec 2012
- Tribuno Sweet Vermouth
- Vendange Merlot
- Vendange White Zinfandel
- Wine Cube Moscato
- Wine Cube Pink Moscato 2011
- Wine Cube Pinot Grigio 2011
- Wine Cube Pinot Grigio
- Wine Cube Chardonnay 2011
- Wine Cube Chardonnay
- Wine Cube Red Sangria
- Wine Cube Sauvignon Blanc 2011
- Wine Cube Cabernet Sauvignon/Shiraz 2011
9) Take activated Charcoal
If you have had a glass (or four) too many, or you have consumed some toxic wine, you can mop it up with activated charcoal. It’s a very inexpensive supplement that will help pull toxins from the body. Drink it with plenty of water and eat a meal with protein and vegetables.
And if you want to find my non-toxic recommendations for wine and wine products head over to Chelsea’s List.
So drink your wine, but do it right! And enjoy the holidays