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October 13, 2016

By Louise Carr, Associate Editor and Featured Columnist
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It seems the French – famous for using wine in all kinds of
dishes from sauces to stews – are onto something great.

We all know by now that drinking wine can improve your
health in surprising ways.  Wine drinking, in moderation, can
help your heart, improve your mental health, cut your cancer
risk, and even lower your blood pressure.

But what most of us do not appreciate is that  many of these
same health benefits can also be obtained when you cook with
wine, not drink it.

Cooking with wine is a great way to add flavor to a dish
without too much fat. And the addition of wine also helps your
health. How? Read on to find out why wine is not just for your
glass.

How to Cook Well With Wine

When it comes to cooking with wine there are very few rules.
The only unbreakable rule is this: only choose a wine to cook
with that you’d actually drink.

That doesn’t mean the wine you choose has to be expensive.
Just steer clear of “cooking wines” that tend to be packed with
additives and salt.

As a rule of thumb, pick a lighter white wine when cooking
dishes like chicken and fish, and a heavier red wine when
making red meat dishes, or cooking with lamb.

In general, bold-flavored foods work well with red wine while
more delicate flavors match white wine.

White wine goes well with fruity dishes and foods like
mushrooms, olives, and white meats. Red wine has berry-like
flavor, plus flavors like chocolate, coffee, and currants – if you
want to enhance these flavors, play them up by including them
in the dish.

Does Cooking With Wine Remove the Alcohol Content?

The health benefits of wine come from two parts of the wine;
the alcohol part and the grape part.

There are benefits associated with the alcohol but there are
also health risks when you drink too much.

When you cook with wine most of the alcohol is boiled off so
you get practically none of the health risks associated with
drinking excess alcohol, and you don’t need to worry about
driving or getting sleepy.

However, not all the alcohol is removed – research from the US
Agriculture Department in 2007 says that the amount of alcohol
that remains in a dish varies depending on the cooking method.

If you simmer a sauce with wine gently for 30 minutes, up to
one third of the alcohol content can remain, according to the
experts.

If you cook wine for an hour there will be only around 25
percent of the alcohol left in the dish.

Even if there is practically no alcohol left in the dish, you still
get the health benefits of the grape, since the essence of the
wine - polyphenols and antioxidants – does not evaporate with
cooking.

And what’s more, it makes the food taste great!

Take a look at the following reasons why you should be using
wine for cooking. We found recent scientific research that
shows how cooking with wine can benefit you.



























1.
Cooking with Red Wine Helps Reduce Atherosclerosis Risk

The alcohol content in the dish that you get when cooking with
red wine is, while small, associated with a lower risk of
atherosclerosis, according to a 2000 study from Rockefeller
University, New York. Atherosclerosis is a disease in which your
arteries are blocked by plaques of cholesterol.

Experts believe this is because moderate alcohol intake
increases good HDL cholesterol.  

The alcohol in red wine is also known to reduce levels of
fibrinogen, a precursor of blood clots.

A 2005 study from The Royal Veterinary and Agricultural
University, Copenhagen, Denmark found wine consumption
was linked with a significant 11-16 percent increase in HDL
cholesterol, and an 8-15 percent decrease in fibrinogen relative
to not drinking wine.

The study looked at 69 healthy men and women aged between
38 and 74 years old.

2.
Cooking with Wine Helps to Lower Your Blood Pressure

While much of the alcohol is removed through cooking, you still
get significant health benefits that are not alcohol-related.
These benefits could come from the grapes.

In a 2012 study from the University of Barcelona in Spain,
researchers found that 67 men drinking 10 ounces of non-
alcoholic red wine a day experienced decreased systolic and
diastolic blood pressure after four weeks.

The researchers say that there is evidence “that chemical
constituents present in red wine confer health benefits beyond
alcohol.”

3.
Using Wine in Cooking Can Help Relax Your Blood Vessels

In a 2011 study from the University of Split in Croatia,
researchers found that red wine heated to conditions
“applicable to the preparation of a mulled wine and for
cooking" retained its ability to dilate blood vessels.

This relaxing effect on blood vessels remained even when the
red wine was heated to 257 degrees Fahrenheit.

Dilated blood vessels benefit the workings of your heart and
can help prevent heart disease.

4.
Use Wine as a Fat Substitute in Recipes

Cooking with wine is also a great way to reduce the fat content
of dishes and thus help prevent obesity, and the damage
associated with high-fat meals. When you remove fat from a
dish you need to replace it with something to keep moisture
levels up – wine is the perfect addition.

Try sautéeing vegetables in a little oil plus some wine, or make
a marinade using decreased amounts of oil and more wine (red
or white). You can even use wine when you are making cakes –
add wine instead of oil to the batter.

5.
Reduce the Risk of Bowel Cancer by Cooking with Wine

Scientists recently found that a chemical in red wine can help to
prevent cancer.

According to a 2012 study from the University of Leicester in
the UK, resveratrol in red wine at an amount contained in two
glasses of wine, can reduce the rate of bowel tumors by 50
percent.

Since cooking reduces the alcohol content in wine but retains
the resveratrol, you can get the benefits without drinking too
much alcohol.

6.
Use Red Wine to Cook: It Has Anti-Aging Properties

And new research shows that resveratrol in red wine also has
anti-aging properties.

A 2012 study from Harvard Medical School shows that
resveratrol in red wine “improves the health of mice on a high-
fat diet and increases life span.”

It can theoretically help conquer problems associated with
aging such as dementia and Alzheimer’s disease.

Cooking with wine may not make you live longer, but it could
provide important anti-aging benefits to your body.

7.
Cooking with Wine Can Actually Protect Your Skin From the
Sun?


Cooking with wine and drinking wine can help protect your
skin from the harmful effects of sunburn, according to a 2011
study from the University of Barcelona in Spain. The anti-aging
effects of resveratrol, as noted above, also help protect skin
from damaging ultraviolet radiation.























































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