Like your occasional glass of wine? Here’s reason to like it even more. In his book, The Red Wine Diet, Roger Corder has explained why wine drinkers have better vascular health and can hope to enjoy better health benefits than non-drinkers.
This is, in fact, one of the reasons why experts believe the French show such signs of good health.
Corder has put together an impressive body of research to underscore his findings. But the book is not all about wine. It is actually a diet book in which he sheds light on complete nutrition. Red wine forms a part of it, as do the consumption of berries, nuts, spices and tree fruits.
The Red Wine Diet Overview
At the outset, Roger Corder warns readers that this is not just another fad diet book, and they should not read the book for instant weight loss. He’s right because there are no magic pills or powders.
Through the book, Corder has tried to answer three questions raised by the French Paradox. The French Paradox refers to the fact that the French eat foods high in saturated fats but as a population, they register lower rates of heart diseases and heart related deaths. Corder tries to find answers to these questions:
- How does red wine reduce heart disease?
- What is the component in wine that protects the heart?
- Do all kinds of red wine have this property?
Corder has undertaken extensive study and come to the conclusion that some types of red wine have huge amounts of procyanidins, which in turn protect the heart. He goes on to assess the levels of this useful component in different wines. He uses a scoring system to denote his findings. It was his finding that procyanidins are high in wines that have fermented for some time. French and Italian varieties have more of these components.
The Red Wine Diet Review
The Red wine diet is not a call for overindulgence. It is not a quick weight loss guide either. It is just a reminder that having a small glass of red wine after dinner would be beneficial.
The book contains recommendations on healthy food, not just on wine. In this way, the Red Wine Diet is a guide to healthy living. The principle is that if you eat healthy and stay active, then, you can lose weight and be free of diseases.
To this end, the author strongly recommends that every person must undertake at least 60 minutes of physical activity every day.
Corder also rates different foods according to the amount of procyanidins they have. So, unsweetened cocoa powder, cinnamon powder, apple, raspberries and walnuts (in precise measurements) have the same effect as a glass of red wine.
Red Wine Diet Pros and Cons
- Based on thorough research
- Written by an expert and connoisseur of wines
- Explores beneficial components in different foods
- Emphasizes good eating habits
- Emphasizes the need for exercise
- No meal plans
- No menus
The author has identified certain components in food (and wine)that can help and aid healthy living. By turning our attention to these components, he gives us easy access to natural weight loss. In that sense, this is not a weight loss book, strictly speaking. If the principles are followed religiously, followers can enjoy several health benefits besides losing weight. And when there’s a tasty way to good health, why not enjoy the heady feeling?