I like to have an occasional glass of wine, usually on the weekends, but I’ve gone nearly a month sometimes without touching a drop of it. As one gets older, it seems harder not to put on the pounds, and who needs the extra calories alcohol so readily provides us with? At least that had been my reasoning until I came across a tiny article in Wine Spectator. No, we are not snobby rich people who prominently display our copy of Wine Spectator on our coffee table. We get that magazine because there aren’t many good magazines to choose from when you need to cash in unwanted sky miles from an airline you seldom fly. It was either Wine Spectator or Golf Digest. Since we’ve never picked up a golf club in our lives, unless miniature golf counts, Wine Spectator was a better choice. That makes us the lowly working class Joes who prominently display our copy of Wine Spectator on the coffee table.
Anyway, I digress. The article says that a study has found that a substance in red wine can actually decrease fat formation during digestion. The study showed that this substance prevented the body from converting calories into fat. It hasn’t been tested in humans yet (I volunteer), so I wonder if little mousies drank to their hearts’ content and kept their svelte figures. Anyway, I thought some of you would be interested in that.
Of course, when I drink wine, and I don’t think I’m alone in this, I tend to have a spread of other things to go along with it. Salsa and chips, for example. Guacamole, charcuterie perhaps, and dark chocolate, of course goes great with red wine. Oh, and maybe some salt and vinegar chips. What about a stack of Buffalo wings with a bowl of blue cheese dressing? Ooh, I forgot about Mexican 7-Layer Dip. Yum! Do you think that fat-blocking substance in the wine blocks fat from everything you consume when you’re drinking it? Yeah, I’m sure it does.