White Wine And Red Wine For Digestion
During the ancient time, Hippocrates prescribes wine for digestion. Red wine for digestion and white wine for bladder issues.
Now here is a list why white and red wine is good for digestion:
1.) Wine in digestion helps to kill dangerous bacteria
Researchers all around the world and studies have found that wine, especially the red one, contains several antioxidant compounds called polyphenols along with essential vitamins, minerals, and sugars. All these have its own wonderful effect on the physiological functions of the body.
And with the presence of polyphenol, food that is consumed gets a curb on bacterial growth. The introduction of wine with its anti-oxidative properties helps kill bacterias like E. coli, Salmonella and H. pylori. Digestive functions can pretty much be ruined with the presence of these bacteria that could result to diseases like ulcer, diarrhea and other gastrointestinal infections.
Even the bible agrees, in Paul’s letter to Timothy, it says, “Stop drinking only water, and use a little wine because of your stomach and your frequent illnesses.” With wine in that age, it is often regarded as a medical aid and not just a beverage.
But do bear in mind, it’s not the alcohol in wine that helps in digestion, but rather the polyphenols in wine. Alcohol does not necessarily have any beneficial effect on digestion, but it can curb digestion process when taken in excess.
Just an idea, moderate drinking for men is 1 to 2 glasses a day, and 1 glass for women.
2.) Toxins in certain foods get neutralized
Let’s face it. Who wouldn’t love a serving of fries? Fried chicken? A corndog? A leg of turkey on Thanksgiving? Tater Tots? Bacon? Chimichangas? Fish n’ chips? Crabcakes? Buffalo wings? Hotdogs? Rippers? Breaded pork tenderloins? We all LOVE these!
But the sad truth is many fried foods, and food products manufactured for long-time storage, contain damaging compounds called the – lipid hydroperoxides (LOOH) and malonaldehydes (MDA). These compounds can cause several digestive issues and are toxic to the body in general.
The issue is that a given food item is not 100% full of beneficial items. It’s a good thing that the antioxidants naturally found in wines attack those lipid hydroperoxides, helping to break them down. So the end result is that the body does not have to deal with these harmful chemicals, and therefore is much less likely to get certain cancers as a result.
3.) In eating red meat, wine neutralizes harmful chemicals generated during digestion
If you like to eat red meat, and we know Americans do (well except for vegans, no offense), you will find that drinking red wine with it helps you digest the meat better. It’s has been found that red meat, and some other non-vegetarian foods, have the capacity to release some harmful chemicals in the digestive tract during digestion.
Red wine has the tendency to neutralize these harmful chemicals before they can do any harm to the body. This capacity to neutralize toxins comes from the presence of beneficial polyphenols in the red wine.
4.) Promotes a balanced mix of bacteria in the colon
Drinking a daily glass of red wine not only tastes good to many people, but it’s also good for the bacteria lining your large intestine. A new Spanish study suggests that sipping about 9 ounces of Merlot or a low-alcohol red wine changed the mix of good and bad bacteria typically found in the colon in ways that can benefit your health.
Bacteria may sound like a bad thing to have in your intestinal tract, but having a balanced mix of them actually helps to digest food, regulate immune function, and produce vitamin K (which plays a key role in helping the blood clot).
Since the study results showed that Merlot and low-alcohol red wine had similar positive effects on intestinal bacteria, researchers suspect it’s not due to the alcohol but to the polyphenol compounds found in the wine.