New York Wine & GrapeNews

02

Feb

A Votre Sante!

Shared by Dana Alexander

Category:

Wine-fermented grape juice-is a food that makes other foods taste better. The French have known this for centuries: The average French adult consumes about 10 times as much wine as the average American, simply because in France a glass of wine is an integral part of most meals along with the bread, cheese and salad.

The French also have far less heart disease than Americans despite a relatively high fat diet, much more smoking, and much less exercise. As explained by "The French Paradox," one reason involves daily, moderate wine consumption with food. Perhaps that also explains the common French toast with wine-"A Votre Santé"… To Your Health.

Medical and scientific studies from around the world have confirmed that regular, moderate wine consumption has significant health benefits for most people in protecting against heart disease, the largest cause of death worldwide. Most studies define "moderate" as 1 to 2 glasses of wine for women, and 2 to 3 for men, due to differences in body weight and metabolism.

However, it is also well known that the abuse of wine or any other beverage containing alcohol has major health risks for individuals, as well as harmful effects on families and society. You can avoid these problems by following some simple, common-sense guidelines: Don't drink and drive. Don't drink if you have had recurring problems with excessive alcohol consumption. Consult your physician if your family has a history of alcoholism, or any other factors which may put you at risk.

Since 1990, in the U.S., every wine label must include a government warning which states "(1) According to the Surgeon General, women should not drink alcoholic beverages during pregnancy because of the risk of birth defects. (2) Consumption of alcoholic beverages impairs your ability to drive a car or operate machinery, and may cause health problems."

More recently, the United States Dietary Guidelines were revised to state, "If you drink alcoholic beverages, do so in moderation, with meals, and when consumption does not put you or others at risk."

William Shakespeare said, "Good wine is a good familiar creature if it be well used." To all who choose to consume wine moderately and responsibly, we say…

A Votre Santé…To Your Health
"I have lived temperately, eating little animal food. Vegetables constitute my pricipal diet. I double, however the doctor's glass and a half of wine, and even treble it with a friend."

—Thomas Jefferson