Friday, August 5, 2016
Wine may not have originated in this part of the world; however, Americans have certainly embraced this luxurious elixir. According to the Wine Institute, the average person consumed about 2.81 gallons of wine in 2014. To fill this booming demand, wine production in the country has also grown dramatically. Data from Statista.org found that California alone is home to approximately 4,000 vineyards.
There are so many reasons to responsibly enjoy wine. Aside from offering a vast array of flavors, wine also presents a wide range of health benefits. For instance, red wine contains a substance called procyanidins, which protect against heart disease. Likewise, studies have found that moderate drinkers of wine are 30% less likely to develop type 2 diabetes than non-drinkers. Drinking wine is good for the brainas well; mental health declines occurred much more sharply in non-wine drinkers compared to those who regularly drink wine.