Love your red wine, but fear the links to breast cancer? Fear no more, you can have your antioxidants and drink them too. It has been said for years that antioxidants in red wine are great for you, but there is a little yin and yang happening here because alcohol has been linked to causing cancer, and especially breast cancer. Despite red wine’s pungent antioxidant levels, I can’t help but be conscious of the risks.
Instead of downing a bottle of red every night at dinner, opt for a red wine vinegar cocktail instead. Red wine vinegar when ingested with food can actually work to stabilize your blood sugar, and so you stay fuller longer, and your appetite doesn’t go on a roller coaster ride, but instead stays on a even playing field. Tempering the spike in blood sugar (glucose) that occurs after eating a big, carbohydrate-rich meal can help the steep rise in glucose triggers that can equally rapid drop—which stokes appetite.
|Red Wine Vinegar Cocktail|
A study published in the Journal of the American Dietetic Association (2005) suggested that: consuming about 1 tablespoon of “vinegar along with a bagel and fruit juice slashed the postmeal rise in glucose in half“. The study also showed that the subjects ate on average 200 to 275 fewer calories through the day.
“The acid in vinegar may inhibit the digestion of the starch, so the starch is rendered into something like fiber, which can’t be digested well,” says Carol Johnston, Ph.D., R.D., professor and chair of the department of nutrition at Arizona State University. Drizzle a tablespoon of vinegar on your salad, or poor into a glass of fizzy water for a red wine vinegar cocktail.
Just like wine the taste might take some time getting used to, as it is less sweeter than we are used to, but now I find myself actually craving it with dinner.
Try it tonight 😀