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I don't drink now, but I've heard that red wine is considered good for your heart. What are the risks vs. the benefits of adding this to my diet?

I don't drink now, but I've heard that red wine is considered good for your heart. What are the risks vs. the benefits of adding this to my diet?

Moderate consumption of red wine has been shown to decrease the risk of heart disease in men and women.  This is likely because it contains flavanoids which have been shown to be beneficial to blood vessels.  Moderate consumption for women is less than 7 drinks per week (one drink is 5 ounces of wine) and for men is less than 14 drinks per week.  While adding a 5 ounce glass of wine may be good for your heart, there may be other reasons why adding a drink of wine each night could be unhealthy for you.  In general, physicians do not recommend that nondrinkers add a glass of wine to their diet each day.  I recommend discussing this issue with a physician who knows your personal medical history to determine if there are any reasons a glass of wine a day would be unhealthy for you.  With your doctor's agreement, a wine a day may keep heart disease away!

You can also check out this book.

Now, don't let the title fully fool you lol! Too much wine becomes its own problem which can be really bad for your health.  But, red wine in moderation seems to be a winner.  I really like The Red Wine Diet: Drink Wine Every Day, and Live a Long and Healthy Life also because for those of you (us) who don't love red wine, there are diet alternatives that offer the same benefits.  Enjoy!

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