SOME BENEFITS OF WINE FOUND IN ITS NONALCOHOLIC COUSIN Hamilton Spectator, The (ON), Sep 25, 2008
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The claim: Grape juice has the same benefits as red wine.
The facts: By now the cardiovascular benefits of a daily glass of wine are well known. But many teetotallers wonder whether they can reap the same rewards from wine's unfermented sibling, or are they simply left out altogether.
Grape juice may not provide much buzz, but you can still toast to good health when it comes to its ability to avert heart disease. Alcohol in moderation can relax blood vessels and increase levels of HDL, the "good" cholesterol.
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Alcohol-free vino growing in popularity
By Janet Cromley
Taking too much fun from the fun bank during the holidays? With more revelry coming up, we have three little words: alcohol-free wine.
The notion of tinkering with vino makes true wine lovers blanch, but alcohol-free wine has some advantages over its boozy cousin, including far fewer calories: about 15 to 25 calories for a four-ounce glass, compared with about 90 for a glass of Chardonnay or Cabernet Sauvignon.
Alcohol-free wine also should confer some of the health benefits one gets from moderate regular-wine consumption, says Fergus Clydesdale, head of the department of food science at the University of Massachusetts, Amherst. The same antioxidants found in regular wine also exist in alcohol-free wine. "If the same grapes were used," Clydesdale says, "the wine would have the same kind of phenolics."
These polyphenols -- which fall under the broad umbrella of antioxidants -- include resveratrol, a compound in red wine that's been receiving recent media attention.
Alcohol-free wine is made by extracting the alcohol through a filtering or vacuum process, while leaving the other components intact.
Although some of the health benefits of wine have been tied to the alcohol, in the aggregate, removing the alcohol is a plus, says Joy DuBost, a food scientist and nutrition expert for the Institute of Food Technologists.
"While it does appear that alcohol in moderation decreases the effects of cardiovascular disease," she says, "it can also increase your calorie intake; triglycerides, which is another blood lipid; your blood pressure; and possibly your cancer risk. You have to look at the total picture."
And the public is buying it. Ariel Vineyards sold 1.2 million bottles of alcohol-free wine last year, according to Craig Rosser, sales marketing director for Ariel and export director for J. Lohr Vineyards & Wines, Ariel's parent firm.
Someone with a long history of wine drinking who tries these products won't exactly be seeing stars, says Clark Smith, co-owner and chief oenologist for Vinovation Inc., a Sebastopol, Calif.-based "fix-it shop" that adjusts alcohol and other components in wine for winemakers. "It's hard enough to find a really great, rich, soulful Cabernet or Chardonnay with the alcohol," he says, "and it's almost an impossible challenge to deliver a really great cabernet or chardonnay without alcohol. Alcohol is important to the roundness and richness and sweetness of wine."
Alcohol-free wines can, however, better replicate the taste of white Zinfandels and sparkling wine, Smith says.
-- Los Angeles Times
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One pill makes you larger
And one pill makes you small,
And the ones that mother gives you
Don't do anything at all.
- "White Rabbit" by Jefferson Airplane
These hippie-era lyrics danced through my brain at the news that the health...