Tuesday, May 13, 2008

A Hedonist in the Health Club

A spoonful of sugar may help the medicine go down, but a glass of wine is a lot more delightful in the first place. Studies show women who are regular, moderate (read: 1-2 glasses a day) wine drinkers have a reduced risk of diabetes, heart disease, stroke, dementia, and that it can help to lower high blood pressure and ease postmenopausal hypertension. Research has also been done that shows the cognitive skills of wine drinkers (again, moderate) are stronger than those of teetotalers.

Seriously, what has a diet soda done for you lately?

If you need a prescription to take it seriously, so be it. As an expert in the field, I recommend regular intake of a seductively beneficial red wine, such as Thelema Cabernet Sauvignon from South Africa’s Stellenbosch region. This is a deep, smoky wine drenched in dark berry flavors, infused with clove and espresso aromas, and featuring reveratol, proanthocyanidin and other glorious antioxidants. Take slowly, self-indulgently, preferably with food and an incredible view of the sunset.

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