Wine this season to be merry and we certainly put that into action, with alcohol consumption rising by 41% over the festive period. Although we know the perpetual popping of Prosecco corks is never going to be “good” for us, it probably won’t stop the majority of us from overindulging. Luckily, there are insider tricks when it comes to selecting your wine, which can be kinder on your body.
Whilst a red wine drunk in moderation is believed to decrease blood sugar levels in those with diabetes, a lighter white like Pinot Grigio would be better in terms of lessening any after-affects, than a heavy red such as a Rioja Reserva or a Chateauneuf-du-Pape, say connoisseurs.
This is not only because it’s likely to be 11.5-12.5% alcohol (compared with 14-15% for those heavier reds), but also due to how the wine is produced. Lighter whites haven’t been fermented in their grape skin for as long as reds. Toxic tannins and phenols are contained in grape skins, which can cause our bodies to react badly.
The Right White Wine
There’s rarely an ingredients list on a wine bottle, so it’s hard to know exactly what could be causing it, but if you develop flu-like symptoms after just a couple of glasses, it could be the sulphur. Sweeter wines are best avoided as they can be higher in alcohol and sulphur, the wine preservative advise experts. Many people are sensitive to it and this is also a contributory factor to ‘feeling rough’ or developing allergic reactions, rashes and headaches.
Although it’s hard wine to prove organic wines contain more beneficial nutrients and minerals and they will have fewer nasties. Certified organic wine will contain fewer or virtually no toxins, especially pesticide residues, insist wine experts. However, it does contain the same amounts of alcohol.
So, if you’re looking for low alcohol, what should you pick? Choose from cooler regions, like Germany, Northern France and Spain, suggests our master of wine. The taste has greatly improved in recent years. In the past, alcohol was adjusted in the winery to the detriment of the wine’s flavour but, nowadays, the clever work happens in the vineyard, explain experts.
Recommended guidelines are to drink no more than 14 units a week (about a bottle and a half of wine), but research has revealed that 30% of 55 to 64 year-olds drink more than this.
Short-term effects of drinking more than usual over the festive period include tiredness, sluggishness, abdominal discomfort, heartburn, acid reflux and weight gain, say GPs. Fortunately, if you have overindulged, a detox such as Dry January, which involves going teetotal for 31 days, is a useful tool.
Dry January can help reverse many short-term effects, say doctors. However, it can be much easier if you have taken steps to look after yourself over the festive period to start with!
Avoid Hot Flushes!
Even one sip of red wine can bring them on, say menopause experts. White wine, gin and vodka don’t present these problems, but it’s better to keep alcohol to a minimum.
Gins with Benefits
Wine not your thing? With sales having tripled in less than a decade, gin is more popular than ever. Here are our favourites…
- The one to make you look younger. Collagin Rose, Ocado. Contains edible skin-boosting collagen.
- The one your liver will love. Ceder’s Wild. An alcohol-free pick infused with clove and rooibos, so you won’t miss out on flavour.
- The one to boost your mood. Kyoya Shuzo a Premium Yuzu Gin, made with vitamin C-rich yuzu fruit and sansho pepper, said to enhance mood and burn fat.
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