Who would be surprised to know that for centuries, the late greats have been known to savor a refreshing drink of wine? Even more interesting to know is the fact that an occasional glass of vino (Fancy for wine), when consumed in moderation possibly provides a variety of health benefits. Our trusted sources at National Today have given us the National Drink Wine Day memo. Cheers to February 18, the lovely day when all across the nation we embrace the unique opportunity to stand together, united as a people, raising our temperately chilled glasses in solidarity to the rainbow coalition of delicious wines of every appellation, variety, and vintage. We need a National Drink Wine Day... Done!
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We Need a National Drink Wine Day... Done!
Affectionately known to multitudes as "Mommy Juice", wine is actually antioxidant-rich, has anti-inflammatory components, and may be heart healthy. While you may indulge in an occasional glass of Chardonnay, delight in knowing that as well as quenching your thirst, other benefits may include help with cellular damage caused by inflammation, healthy bacteria, and oxidative stress. Save the date, #NationalDrinkWineDay is celebrated on February 18th of each year, or whenever you really need a reason to clink glasses.
1- Wine Doesn't Make You Fat (Well, Mostly)
While beer is notorious for causing that dreaded beer belly, you can drink wine without worrying about your waistline. Wine has few to no carbohydrates and not an ounce of fat—although it does contain calories (bummer). When consumed in moderation, wine is said to be able to help you regulate your weight. But watch out—too much alcohol can make you hungry and head straight for the fridge!
2- Wine Has Lots of Health Benefits
Let's not forget the real meaning of National Drink Wine Day (besides giving us an excuse to drink): to reflect on the health benefits of wine. When consumed in moderation, wine can reduce the risk of type II diabetes, heart attack, strike, certain kinds of cancers, and liver disease. It can also lower the bad cholesterol (LDL) and boost the good cholesterol (HDL).
3- Wine Has Been Popular Since... Forever
Wine has a rich history—the oldest archeological evidence of wine production was found in Georgia (the country, not the state) and dates back to 6,000 B.C. No beverage has enjoyed such a ubiquitous presence across civilizations and epochs as wine. While wine played a central role in Ancient Egyptian ceremonies, the Greeks worshiped Dionysus or Bacchus as the gods of wine, and the Romans continued the tradition. Wine consumption has also been an important Jewish ritual since Biblical times and was later adopted into Christianity.
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