You may have observed that wine is becoming a popular guest on morning celebrity talk shows. You may have seen Neil Patrick Harris chugging wine with Meredith Viera or Meredith Viera chugging wine with Ellen Degeneres or Hoda and Kathie Lee chugging wine with each other.
In the past decade or so, wine, especially red wine has received a lot of attention. It has been associated with heart health and health experts have even gone so far as to recommend moderate amounts of red wine as a part of a healthy diet. Because it straddles the border between edgy and safe, and because of its relatively low alcohol content, red wine seems to be the perfect drink of the morning talk show host. It says, “Look, we know how to have fun, but we do it responsibly.” I wonder if they know about resveratrol.
Red wine is perhaps the best-known source of resveratrol. Resveratrol is a member of a group of plant compounds called polyphenols. Polyphenols are known to have antioxidant properties which fight cancer and heart disease. But, perhaps resveratrol is most valued for its anti-aging properties and its potential to fight obesity. in a study on rodents, mice were split into two groups. One was fed a high-calorie diet and given resveratrol, the other was given a healthy diet, but no resveratrol. Not only did the resveratrol fed mice live longer, they were also protected from obesity-related health problem because, get this, Resveratrol mimics caloric restriction. (Give me some right now!!!)
Ok. Ok. Here are some ways you can up the resveratrol in your diet;
Although red grapes have significantly more, resveratrol is also present in blueberries along with antioxidants, dietary fiber, vitamins C and K and manganese.
If alcohol isn’t your way to go, no problem. Red grapes don’t need to be fermented to have the antioxidant property. The skin of red grapes is loaded with resveratrol and also potassium, vitamin K, C, and B1. Remember, the Greek Gods ate these all the times, and they lived forever and looked pretty good doing it!
Who doesn’t love peanut butter? It goes with everything: apples, chocolate, celery, jelly, marshmallows, you name it! Peanut butter contains up to .13 mgs of resveratrol per cup and is also a great source of niacin and manganese.
You may have heard of this as a traditional herbal remedy used in Japan and China to combat strokes and heart disease. According to The Journal of Agricultural Food Chemistry, studies show that, “For people who do not consume alcohol, Itadori tea may be a suitable substitute for red wine.
Oh, wow dark chocolate, peanut butter and red wine. Can this really all be good for you? In moderation. Dark chocolate contains antioxidants. iron, copper, manganese, and, you guessed it-resveratrol.
But, a word to the wise.
As tempting as it may be to raise a glass with your favorite tv personality, try to hold off drinking before noon.