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While wine has long been linked to a lower risk of heart disease, a new study shows that alcohol-free versions may also give you all the health benefits of the real stuff. According to researchers at Anglia Ruskin University, it's not the alcohol, but the benefit of wine comes from antioxidants in grapes, the Daily Mail reported. The team analyzed data from nearly 450,000 people aged 40 to 69 to look at the impacts of moderate alcohol consumption on their health.
The study, published in the journal Clinical Nutrition, showed a 40 per cent reduced risk of coronary heart disease among people who drank up to 11 glasses of wine a week compared to non-drinkers and binge drinkers. The same reduced risk was found among those who regularly drank non-alcoholic versions, suggesting the goodness of grapes, the report said. Grapes are high in antioxidants called polyphenols, which can improve the function of the inner lining of the heart and increase levels of good cholesterol.
While wine has long been linked to lower risk of heart disease, a new study shows that alcohol-free versions may also give you all the health benefits of the real stuff. | Photo by Mathilde Langevin on Unsplash
On the other hand, drinking a moderate amount of beer, cider, or spirits, was linked with about a 10 per cent increased risk. There is an "undeniable protective beneficial relationship" and drinking grape-based alcohol, lead researcher Dr. Rudolph Schutte, Associate Professor at the university was quoted as saying. "This relationship is also seen for alcohol-free wine, so it suggests the benefits are thanks to the polyphenols in the wine rather than the alcohol," he said.
However, the positive associations between wine and health benefits are offset by other risks, especially from cancer, the report said. Those who drank low levels of beer, cider, and spirits had higher levels of heart and cerebrovascular disease, cancer, and mortality, the study found. The researchers noted that their findings "do not support the notion that alcohol from any drink type is beneficial to health", the report said. Schutte said drinking alcohol, even at low levels, can be damaging to health.
"A group of non-drinkers will contain individuals who abstain from alcohol due to various pre-existing health reasons, making this reference group surprisingly high-risk. "Comparing a group of low to moderate drinkers to this 'risky' reference group of non-drinkers could wrongly indicate that alcohol is beneficial to health," Schutte said. (IANS/ MBI)
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Arguably 2020 has seen the biggest shift in food trends; not only were families forced to cook more and together at home, but many turned to cultivate vegetable gardens for fresh produce. Sales of seeds skyrocketed around the world. People found new respect and understanding of the process of ‘farm to table’.
Experimentation in the home kitchen also thrived. As most people had more time, cooking became a family affair and was more enjoyable. Some products were harder to access so one had to be inventive. There was less waste, and one became more conscious of what we were eating.
But going forward, as we enter a brand new year, celebrity chef Sarah Todd believes we will see an increase in plant-based food and sustainable eating. “I believe there has been a paradigm shift in eating habits. The last 12 months have instilled a new mindset that will continue in 2021. We will think before we spend, meaning home cooking will continue. farmers approach marketing has matured and customers are now more aware of what is available,” she told IANSlife.
Adding: “Restaurants and cafes have been the hardest hit during the pandemic which affects farmers, workers, and proprietors. People are making a conscious effort to support them by eating out when they can. This will increase as confidence grows.”
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Chef Vineet Manocha, Vice President Culinary, Lite Bite Foods feels the year 2020 brought dramatic changes in eating and living habits with “local being the new sustainable… More and more use of local resources, produce, ingredients and equipment and focus on seasonal produce,” he added. Manocha lists down a few trends to look out for in 2021:
Healthy all the way
Health food is totally in and immunity-boosting foods are trending. The focus will be on choosing the ingredients carefully and eating well in the age of dieting. Wholesome nutritious food will be planned by us which is well balanced as per the principles of Ayurveda. Food also affects your mental health and in this age of pandemic anxiety, it’s very important that we eat calming nutritional food.
Heirloom and ancient ingredients
There will be a lot of experimentation on Heirloom varieties like ragi, barley, millets, teff, and spelled. More and more focus will be on lost ingredients and lost recipes. Home chefs are bringing in a lot of traction on ancient recipes. It’s not difficult in India to move back to sustainable heirloom ingredients as we just have to look back two generations. There is a lot of focus on reviving old cooking methods, cookware, techniques, and recipes. There is a growing appreciation for Ghee and cold-pressed seed oils which were used by our ancestors.
Rise of neighborhood Foodpreneurs
With growing awareness and campaigns about “Support Local Businesses”, many trained chefs will turn entrepreneurs, providing personalized, customized food solutions to a limited customer base. This is also supported by the demand for “food with a story”. Small menus, customized to needs, changing frequently to provide variety, local sustainability, daily subscription of meal kits, unpretentious dark kitchens, etc. will get a further boost this year.
We are all aware of the threat of food security and the rising population. The severity of food wastage is catching up as a trend with the chefs. There will be a growing trend to reduce food wastage as much as possible and develop recipes that can make peels delicious. The trend does not just revolve around Blissful food from waste but also cocktails and beverages using food waste, peels, and ingredients like apple pulp, orange peels, etc. Blissful recipes will be a big trend in 2021.
Wine Trends for 2021
Sonal Holland, India’s only Master of Wine believes in the last quarter of 2020, we have finally seen some buoyancy and a pick-up in sales in the F&B industry. With sales only opening up again in end-August, the industry has been playing catch-up ever since, to try and make back the significant losses faced over the course of the year. Keeping this in mind, her forecast for the wine trends for 2021:
A Thirst for Knowledge
The pandemic was marked by a steep increase in online learning – webinars, Zoom meets, Instagram Lives and more helped people worldwide bide their time, with countless resources becoming available via which people were able to learn new skills. The wine and beverage industry also saw a lot of knowledge being shared by global experts; I predict that both consumers and professionals in the trade will continue to consume education about beverages and wine, well into the New Year.
A Surge in Specialist Wine Stores & Online Sales
In 2021, I see more consumers seeking out modern wine specialist stores at which to make their purchases. These are typically posh shops located within large food retail formats, shopping malls, or multi-theatre complexes. They offer a wider selection of both domestic and international wines; better-informed staff; and overall, a better experience for the consumer.
Another big trend that will continue into the New Year is the purchase of alcohol online. Ever since the Government has allowed online sales of alcohol, consumers have gravitated towards this highly convenient – and pandemic-proof – way of purchasing their favorite beverages. Given that the excise department has seen such a significant dip in revenue this year, I see no reason why the Government won’t continue to encourage online liquor sales into the New Year, and even longer.
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An Affordable Luxury: In a year where the affluent haven’t had a chance to spend on themselves as much, through international holidays or luxury purchases, a quick and convenient way to consume luxury is by spending on premium wines. Now more than ever, wine has become a luxury that the affluent can splurge on – I see premium wine purchases continuing through the New Year, with the wealthy even looking to trade up, and splurge more than usual on their wines and other luxury beverages.
Wine in Cans
With the recent introduction of wine in cans by brands like Sula and Fratelli, the Indian consumer, who is younger and not as experienced in the world of wines, will have more opportunities to try and enjoy wines in 2021. Wine in cans is a more accessible and price-sensitive way for consumers to sample the beverage, and with their introduction, the hope is that a younger, newer audience will convert to drinking wine.
Blush & Rose Wines
In 2021, I predict that rose still wine from regions all across the world – like French Provence, Italy, Spain, and so on, will continue to rise in popularity. Rose wines are incredibly versatile, offering the lightness and freshness of a white wine, but the body and fruit of red wine. They also pair very well with vegetarian food. One variant in the rose category that will continue to enjoy popularity in the New Year is the blush-colored styles of Moscato wines. It’s a medium-sweet wine and low in alcohol, thus allowing for easy drinking. It’s got great aromatics and is especially a hit among lady drinkers. As women continue to embrace wines in 2021, options like Moscato, which are perfumed, sherbet-like, and not very expensive, will remain popular.
Dessert Trends for 2021
In the midst of so much uncertainty in 2020, treating took center stage as it delivered our daily dose of ‘small happy’; so as we step into 2021, what better way to celebrate than by looking forward to the delicious and tantalizing treats that will emerge over the next twelve months. The Baileys Treat Report 2021 compiled by Baileys, with leading food futurologist Dr. Morgaine Gaye presents delicious trends for 2021.
A Drop of Self-care
Unsurprisingly, everyone has been indulging in a bit more self-care in 2020 and the self-care kick will continue. People will be indulging themselves in new botanical drinks that offer qualities like ‘calm’, ‘focus’, ‘glow’ and ‘rest’, and new fermented beverages like hop water; a non-alcoholic drink with a slight beer or ale taste, will be bigger than ever.
The humble porridge oats will go center stage as oat-based milk chocolates, ice creams, cheeses, yogurts, and even double cream are coming our way.
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I Should Cacao!
Cacao pulp, the bit you don’t see as it’s generally discarded when making chocolate, is a sweet and fruity flesh. You can also expect to see it as a flavourful alternative to coconut water, topped with eye-catching edible flowers for the perfect non-alcoholic refresher.
Japan is a haven for delicious, whimsical treats that will put a smile on your face, and we’ll be seeing a massive influx of Japanese inspired wonders including wobbly, fat, pillow-like pancakes and the Taiyaki fish, a soft waffle-like cones in the shape of a fish is stuffed to the gills with ice cream, sprinkles, sauces, and wafers.
Spread the Love
Savory spreads are getting a makeover as they turn to treats. Add a touch of luxury to toast as Sloe Gin spreads and Champagne butter will make the humble piece of bread into a meal fit for royalty.
How’s this for a glow-up?
We’re talking completely edible algae that will find its way into our favorite cocktails, giving them an incredible other-worldly appearance that will be hard to ignore. Will someone pass us a Glowtini?
As Light as Air
On the coattails of the whipped Dalgona coffee, this treating trend is only growing in popularity in 2021. Air will be whipped, injected, and stuffed into everything from ice cream to candy floss, giving a light texture that leaves us craving more.
They’ve been around for a few years, but in 2021, some classics get a gloriously adventurous treating make-over as the macaron and Danish pastry get whimsical. Introducing the Macaron Ice Cream Sandwich and the Nougat Crown, with all the muted tones and flavors getting set aside for over the top color and tastes… already building up a sizeable following in Los Angeles.
Let’s hope in the New Year we can finally raise a glass and cheer while we focus on clean and mindful eating. (IANS)
Researchers have revealed that diet modifications – including more wine and cheese – may help reduce age-related cognitive decline in later years. The study, published in the Journal of Alzheimer’s Disease, is the first of its kind large scale analysis that connects specific foods to later-in-life cognitive acuity.
For the findings, the research team from the Iowa State University in the US analyzed data collected from 1,787 aging adults (from 46 to 77 years of age, at the completion of the study) in the UK.
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Participants completed a Fluid Intelligence Test (FIT) as part of a touchscreen questionnaire at baseline (compiled between 2006 and 2010) and then in two follow-up assessments (conducted from 2012 through 2013 and again between 2015 and 2016).
Participants also answered questions about their food and alcohol consumption at baseline and through two follow-up assessments. The Food Frequency Questionnaire asked participants about their intake of fresh fruit, dried fruit, raw vegetables and salad, cooked vegetables, oily fish, lean fish, processed meat, poultry, beef, lamb, pork, cheese, bread, cereal, tea, and coffee, beer and cider, red wine, white wine and champagne, and liquor.
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The findings showed that cheese, by far, was shown to be the most protective food against age-related cognitive problems, even late in life. The daily consumption of alcohol, particularly red wine, was related to improvements in cognitive function. The researchers found that weekly consumption of lamb, but not other red meats, was shown to improve long-term cognitive prowess.
Excessive consumption of salt is bad, but only individuals already at risk of Alzheimer’s disease may need to watch their intake to avoid cognitive problems over time. “Our results suggest that responsibly eating cheese and drinking red wine daily are not just good for helping us cope with our current Covid-19 pandemic, but perhaps also dealing with an increasingly complex world that never seems to slow down,” the study authors wrote. (IANS)
The festive season is here and for many of us, this year is about entertaining at home, in small groups. If you are hosting a celebratory soiree, wine is an integral part of it. Master of Wine, Sonal Holland, helps you demonstrate the best wine etiquette with these simple tips.
As a host, there is always one general rule to follow, which helps you never go wrong. Be generous with the wine you serve. Nothing is better than building great memories over a bottle of wine, so ensure you choose wisely and well.
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The festive season is a great time to experiment when hosting intimate gatherings! We all have our tried and tested wines that we go back to, but why not expand your guest’s palettes by serving as many styles of drinks as possible? When hosting a wine party at home, try to create an assortment of different bottles of wine, your guests can choose from. The beauty of wines is about enjoying the diversity of its various styles and discovering new tastes.
It’s important to invest in good quality stemware to serve wine. It’s a fact that the taste of even the most ordinary wines is enhanced when served in proper glasses. Choose clear stemware with no design or cuts. Ensure the glass has a lovely, steady base, a stem to hold the glass with, a broad base at the bottom of the bowl, and narrow rims. Keep it simple yet high-quality, and you will never go wrong.
When hosting an evening at home, chances are that some of your guests will arrive with gifts of their own, many times, a bottle of wine. It becomes your duty to ask your guests if they would like you to open their bottle and serve the drink to the guests – often, wine-loving guests make a lot of effort to choose and bring a good quality bottle of wine to a party, and would therefore appreciate you and the rest of the guests, trying what they have brought.
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At other times, some guests are simply recycling bottles of drink they don’t want for themselves, so may not be comfortable with you opening their bottles at the party. Either way, it’s important that you ask them first, to let them decide if their bottle should be opened at the party or saved for later.
As a host, especially one who loves wines, it is absolutely fine for you to take the stage so to speak, to tell your guests a little about the drinks you’ve chosen for the evening, and why. The only tip is: know when to stop. A few amusing, informational anecdotes about the bottles chosen are charming; anything more and you stand to lose your audience! (IANS)