Learning that one of your vices is actually good for you is like finding out Santa Claus is real, has shredded washboard abs, and is also your biological grandfather. It’s a pleasant surprise… that might seem a little too good to be true.
Consider the long-running belief that red wine is good for you. Of course we want to believe that. But is it really?
“I think it’s safe to say red wine has some health benefits,” said Ginger Hultin, a registered dietitian and spokesperson for the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics. “There’s a lot of evidence out there right now, and we can take a pretty strong stance on the viability of red wine’s health benefits, especially for cardiovascular issues. Small doses of wine are believed to increase good cholesterol and overall health of the heart.”
Hultin, who works extensively studying the connections between wine and health and who is also studying to be a sommelier, isn’t saying that red wine is objectively healthy. “Before we get caught up in all the potential health positives, we also have to realize the key word is here is moderation,” she said. “If you drink wine in excess, the negatives are going to outweigh the positives. Drinking too much will increase cancer risk, can definitely wreak havoc on your immune system and sleeping patterns, and negatively affect so many other areas of your overall health.”
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