Red Wine Has Been Looking For Good News For Awhile And Here It Is
Unless you live on another planet or don’t read my posts then it will come as no surprise when I tell you I like red wine, particularly shiraz, cabinet sauvignon and some of the emerging reds from Italy etc. I like a few whites also such as viognier, once you get past the spelling the taste is great. This large research study came from the UK and was published in the American Journal of Clinical Nutrition – http://www.huffingtonpost.co.uk/2016/01/13/foods-that-prevent-erectile-dysfunction_n_8970910.html
Anthocyanidins are the protective agents and they are responsible for purple colouring in fruit and vegetables and of course they give the colour to red wine. Purple vegetables such as purple cabbage are very much under-utilised in Australian cooking as is Okinawa Purple Sweet Potato. I often use purple sweet potato and sapphire purple potato on my weber BBQ with fish and the obligatory glass of red wine or two. Whether you enjoy asian or western cooking or both you can find many interesting recipes on the net for red cabbage (or purple) and if you don’t want to lose that brilliant purple colour just add some vinegar to the cooking process.
Red Wine Confusion
You could write a book on this and it has never let up since the French Paradox was discovered. With all the publicity given to doctor’s and their warnings about alcohol and cancers Australia’s red wine consumption is still growing so it has not impacted on this. I always remind myself of the mistakes in science when a bad study about red wine is published because we know the longest living, healthiest people all drink alcohol and doctors are not amongst a longevity cohort, they could easily be in the future if enough of them do the Master Of Clinical Science – Lifestyle Medicine degree.
Anthocyanidins are great anti-inflammatories
The people eating a traditional mediterranean diet have extremely low levels of inflammatory diseases and what a great way to reduce your inflammation, just a couple of glasses of red wine with a fatty fish and purple potato on a weber BBQ, yeah I can handle that.