People buy houses based on an area where they can “relax at night with a glass of wine”. That sentence can be heard almost daily on any given HGTV show. Wine is usually the alcohol of choice for people who don’t drink that much. I once chauffered a girlfriend all over town looking for a particular wine that she had heard lowered the risk of breast cancer. We never found it. Many women, including yours truly moved from white wine to red wine, some moved because of the rumored breast cancer benefits and others because red wine was for a long time the wine of choice in Europe. People felt worldly or cosmopolitan drinking red wine. Every bride with a choice, chose her stemware pattern to make sure the wine looked perfect in the glass.
Now BEWARE! According to a new report from the BBC, Half a glass of wine every day’ increases breast cancer risk
The website Medical News Today reports 25% of all cancer diagnoses in women in 2012 were for breast cancer, totaling 1.7 million cases worldwide. The following year, breast cancer was found to be the second leading cause of cancer-related death among women, almost 231,000 cases diagnosed in the United States alone. Among that number, more than 2,100 were men.
BUT…hold on again! High Heels & Hot Flashes surveyed 10 women who enjoy a glass of wine every now and then, not necessarily everyday. Does this survey change their minds about wine or will they continue to have 5 or 8 ounces whenever the mood hits? Everybody is different.
Only one out of ten said the survey means nothing to her. A glass of wine per day and maybe more is how she chooses to live. Her only compromise may be to limit it to one glass per day. The other nine women felt a glass of wine is never really necessary, so limiting their intake is not an issue.
In the BBC report, several experts agreed the report doesn’t make wine an absolute danger because alcohol has a greater effect on the risks of other cancers, such as liver, bowel and mouth cancer. Doctors also agree that vigorous exercise, a healthy diet, lifestyle and other medical conditions can reduce the cancer risk. The report was accompanied by another from Cancer Research UK, which listed 18 different factors that could cause breast cancer and alcohol is only one of the 18.
If we focus on the diet aspect of prevention (the main preventive measure within our control), doctors say there is limited evidence that leafy veggies will lower the risk of breast cancer for wine drinkers. However, they also say it doesn’t hurt to include non-starchy vegetables in the snack diet WHILE drinking wine. The head of nutrition for the American Institute for Cancer Research (AICR) suggests grilling some bell peppers, carrots or leafy vegetables to use with or without crackers while drinking the wine. Alice Bender says “There are no guarantees when it comes to cancer, but it’s empowering to know you can do something to lower the risk”
So just how much is too much, according to the report? As little as 10 grams of alcohol per day, the equivalent of a small glass of wine can increase the cancer risk by 5%. The report concluded that Post menopausal women who were the most active are 10% less likely to develop breast cancer. Premenopausal women who are active were found to have their risk drop 17 percent.
by Dianne Thompson © comments welcome at firstname.lastname@example.org ®
Then there was the analysis of a non expert on alcohol who is also a skeptic when it comes to such released reports. The expert says we should just look at the known nutritional facts about wine and make our own decisions. Here they are according to Wikipedia:
Wine is an alcoholic beverage made from grapes, generally Vitis vinifera, fermented without the addition of sugars, acids, enzymes, water, or other nutrients. Yeast consumes the sugar in the grapes and converts it to ethanol and carbon dioxide. Wikipedia
Red Wine White wine Wine Wine
|Amount Per 1 fl oz (29.5 g)100 grams 1 serving 5 fl oz (148 g)1 serving 5 fl oz (148 g)|
|% Daily Value*|
|Total Fat 0 g||0%|
|Saturated fat 0 g||0%|
|Polyunsaturated fat 0 g|
|Monounsaturated fat 0 g|
|Cholesterol 0 mg||0%|
|Sodium 7 mg||0%|
|Potassium 147 mg||4%|
|Total Carbohydrate 4 g||1%|
|Dietary fiber 0 g||0%|
|Sugar 1.2 g|
|Protein 0.1 g||0%|
|Vitamin A||0%||Vitamin C||0%|
|Vitamin D||0%||Vitamin B-6||5%|
|*Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet. Your daily values may be higher or lower depending on your calorie needs.|