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Published on May 13th, 2011 | by Jennifer Kaplan

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Top 5 Reasons to Drink Red Wine

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  1. Red wine leads to better sex. Its not surprising that the Italian researchers are the ones who discovered that women who drink wine have better sex than those who don’t drink at all. Its true, a glass or two of red wine are more than enough to increase a woman’s libido.
  2. Red wine makes you smart. Scientists have found that red wine is good for your brain. The polyphenols in red wine affect the brain’s capacity to function and enhances your capacity for resolving complex matters. Like whether to have a bean burrito or Tuscan pizza with that Sonoma Pinot.
  3. Red wine keeps you thin. New research from the Archives of Internal Medicine suggests that women who regularly consume moderate amounts of alcohol are less likely to gain weight than nondrinkers. Sadly, guys this applies to ladies only. It turns out that, alcohol seems to speed up only woman’s metabolism. Too bad guys, but ladies: bottoms up to keep it tight.
  4. Red wine is a ‘wonder drug.’ An Australian study in the European Journal of Clinical Nutrition found that red wine (mostly, the resveratrol in red wine) makes your bones stronger. Its also good for your diabetes and keeps you young, not to mention making you smarter (see #2). And another study in Australia found red wine is the driving force behind health benefits that include cancer prevention and protection of the heart and brain.
  5. You may not be able to get red wine in the future. Ask any vineyard owner and they’ll tell you that the narrow zones for growing winegrapes are highly sensitive to changes in climate. Recently, international experts confirmed the steady rise in global temperatures threatens vineyards around world and especially in Mediterranean regions (like Bordeaux) and sometime between 2050 and 2100 many regions may be unsuitable for winegrowing at all. Another study from Southern Oregon University found other factors that might lead to the demise of wine as we know it including scarce water supplies, changes in the balanced composition and flavor in wine grapes, changes in regional wine styles and changes in viable grape growing regions. It makes you want to cry doesn’t it?

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About the Author

Jennifer Kaplan writes regularly about sustainable food and wine, the intersection of food and marketing and food politics for EatDrinkBetter.com and is the author of Greening Your Small Business (November 2009, Penguin Group (USA)). She was been named one of The 16 Women You Must Follow on Twitter for Green Business. She has four kids, a dog, a hamster and an MBA - find her on .



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