Ask any avid wine drinker and they’ll say that red wine is good for you. It’s true, you know. Red wine has surprising health benefits that will make you want to chug down an entire bottle of Cabernet Sauvignon. Not so fast, though! Drinking too much alcohol is bad for you – just ask your liver. You want to drink red wine within the recommended limits to enjoy the following health benefits.
1. Red wine helps with weight loss.
Wines made of red Muscadine have been recently linked to weight loss. According to a study conducted in the Oregon State University, drinking juices or wines made of these dark-colored grapes, or consuming the grapes as is, can help fight obesity.
How it works: Muscadine is a variety of grape that is native to southeastern United States but also grows in places around the world. Also known as Scuppernong, it is the only species of grape that contains ellagic acid, a substance that burns fat. Ellagic acid prevents the formation of new fat cells, slows down the growth of existing ones, and increases the metabolism of fatty acids within the liver. All of which give Muscadine wine its reputation as a weight-loss beverage.
Drinking Scuppernong is better than eating the fruit or drinking its juice because it has undergone fermentation. Fermentation increases the amount of ellagic acid found in the wine. Scuppernong that’s been aged in oak is also better than wines aged in other barrels. It’s because oak wood naturally contains ellagitanins, a form of ellagic acid which is infused into the wine during aging.
Health tips: For the best weight loss results, drink oak-aged red wine made of these fat-burning grapes. Complement your diet with other foods that naturally contain ellagic acid such as blackberries, raspberries, walnuts, pecans, oolong tea, and green tea. It is not advised that you drink more than one glass of Muscadine or Scuppernong a day.