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WIN 2015

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S P I R I T O F W O M E N W I N T E R 2 015 w w w. s p i r i t o f w o m e n . c o m 6 H E A L T H Y E A T I N G By Bev Bennett S ipping your way through a glass of cabernet sauvignon wine, you take notice of the body, the tannin and the rich, deep hue. Wine drinking can be a pleasurable experience, and a moderate amount of wine consumption (up to one 5-ounce glass of wine per day for women, two for men) may even be beneficial to your health. So take advantage of the virtues of these fruits of the vine when you're selecting wines to use for both cooking and imbibing. RED OR WHITE? No matter what the end use will be, red or white is usually the first question in wine selection. Red wine is the easy answer if you're looking for potential health benefits: It contains antioxidants and other substances that may reduce your risk of certain cancers and promote heart health, according to Brenda Hawthorne, a registered dietitian, clinical nutrition manager and exercise physiologist with St. Mary's Medical Center, Huntington, W.Va. Resveratrol, an antioxidant in red wine that may be the key to wine's role in providing health benefits, is also available in grapes, grape juice, peanuts, blueberries, raspberries and mulberries. But white wine has its strengths too, because it's not just antioxidants that may offer health benefits. The alcohol itself could be a boon to your wellbeing. Alcohol may reduce blood clotting that could lead to a stroke (if you're a modest—not heavy—drinker), says Hawthorne. A guide to B B B t g e t o wining & dining i n g

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