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Tannins On An Empty Stomach

Tannins are one of the fundamental components of wine, and red wines in particular. They add structure to the wine giving wine that mouth puckering, drying quality. That puckering quality is the astringent action of the tannins on the lining of your mouth. It literally draws the skin tightly together.

Now imagine what happens in your stomach when you enjoy a glass of wine before dinner. Those same tannins work their magic on the lining of the stomach, drawing it a little tighter and perhaps (simply my personal experience), starting you on your way to fullness well before you’ve eaten your first bite.

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  • Snooth User: tabednar
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    Follow up: Wine and Breast Cancer Risk

    Two articles of interest on this subject:

    1. The first was published this past December:
    "Red Versus White Wine as a Nutritional Aromatase Inhibitor in Premenopausal Women"

    Conclusion: Red wine is associated with significantly higher free T and lower SHBG levels, as well as a significant higher LH level vs. white wine in healthy premenopausal women. These data suggest that red wine is a nutritional AI and may explain the observation that red wine does not appear to increase breast cancer risk.

    2. The second article published just this month:

    "Moderate red wine drinking may help cut women's breast cancer risk, study shows"

    The study, published online in the Journal of Women's Health, challenges the widely-held belief that all types of alcohol consumption heighten the risk of developing breast cancer. Doctors long have determined that alcohol increases the body's estrogen levels, fostering the growth of cancer cells.

    But the Cedars-Sinai study found that chemicals in the skins and seeds of red grapes slightly lowered estrogen levels while elevating testosterone among premenopausal women who drank eight ounces of red wine nightly for about a month.

    I just thought this was of interest. Great article Greg! Happy New Years!

    Jan 06, 2012 at 10:46 AM

  • Snooth User: Kirsy
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    Love this article! I completely agree with all the arguments! Adding wine to my meal makes me more conscious of what I am eating, and usually means I tend to choose foods that are more delicious and of a higher quality.

    @TaBednar Do you have links to these articles? I would love to read them! Thanks!

    Jan 06, 2012 at 11:28 AM

  • Now here's a New Year's resolution I can keep!

    Jan 06, 2012 at 2:21 PM

  • Snooth User: tabednar
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    PDF for the 1st Article:

    Link for the Second (No PDF - Came out today):

    Jan 06, 2012 at 4:19 PM

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    I agree that wine is part of a healthy diet. It has been part of the mediterranean diet for 3000 years now. Check

    Jan 06, 2012 at 5:54 PM

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