A Glass of Red Wine a Day

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Who says that drinking can't be good for you? One member of Grande Prairie's health community disagrees. Registered dietitian Karie Quinn shares with us how something as simple as a glass of red wine a day can do so much.



A Glass of Red Wine a Day


A glass of red wine a day keeps the doctor away?  Ok so it might depend on the size of the glass and if the temptation leads to more than one?  Still studies do show that drinking red wine can be a part of a healthy balanced diet.  In fact, as you may already know, red wine is rich with antioxidants called flavonoid phenolics that in part contain resvertrol.  Resveratrol is found in grape skins and seeds, increases HDL cholesterol which is otherwise known as the “good” cholesterol.  Increasing your HDL with Red wine may help with heart disease possibly by helping to prevent blood clots and reduce the damage caused by bad cholesterol (LDL).  In fact, some studies show that those from the Mediterranean who drink red wine regularly, tend to have lower risks for heart disease.

Granted eating a healthy balanced diet (more fish, whole grains, fruits and vegetables) and incorporating activity in your day is still key to anyone’s healthy lifestyle.  Actually to be true, eating the grapes alone will have similar health benefits.  If however you already enjoy and relax with a glass of red wine, than it’s a win, win for you! 

It is important to note that those with high triglycerides in heart disease and with some cancers, must limit their alcohol consumption. 

For those of you who are keeping an eye on your waistline, red wine may have fewer calories than many other alcoholic beverages.  Still, having more than the suggested 5 oz of wine as a serving may not increase your health benefits and of course will contribute to your total calories per day.

While you are at it, pair your wine with 1 oz (30 g) of your favorite cheese.  Studies show that having 2 servings of dairy in a day can help with weight management.  Sort of like having your cake and eating it too!

So to end your day with a glass of red wine, 1 oz of cheese and apple slices…..how’s that for keeping the Dr away?!


Karie Cassell, RD CDE

Karie Cassell (Quinn) has been a Registered Dietitian for over 18 years.  If you have any questions, she can be reached at This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it or call 780-814-2983 


Last Updated on Nov142011