October is turning out to be a month of “Well, Duh” televised health claims. Yet another was made recently regarding the healthy benefits of red wine if taken in moderation. Once again, if one follows a Biblical diet plan this shouldn’t come as a surprise.
As a Christian nutritional counselor I look at whether wine is beneficial in two ways: one as a nutritionist and the other as a Christian.
First, as a Christian, let me ask you a question: Would Jesus ever tempt someone to sin? Of course not! Jesus is perfect and as the Bible states, “When tempted, no one should say, “God is tempting me.” For God cannot be tempted by evil, nor does he tempt anyone;” (James 1:13)
Jesus’s first miracle was turning water into wine (and please don’t insist it was grape juice.) Therefore, when presenting it to his host to drink, he would actually be tempting someone to sin. Granted, grape juice is a fine substitute if one doesn’t imbibe.
Secondly I look at it through nutritionist eyes. Remember 2 Corinthians 10:23 again. Moderation is key. A glass of red wine at dinner is healthy but over two glasses tips that balance detrimentally, especially if one is a woman. Too much wine can contribute to high blood pressure, heart disease, liver problems, breast cancer and pancreatitis. Even as the Bible states a little wine is acceptable, “Stop drinking only water, and use a little wine because of your stomach and your frequent illnesses.( Timothy 5:23) it also urges moderation: “Do not get drunk on wine, which leads to debauchery.” (Ephesians 5:18) Balance.
Now I am not advocating that someone start drinking red wine if they choose not to. Christian balance is also about not being a stumbling block to another. If I realized someone had an addiction to alcohol, I certainly wouldn’t offer them wine nor drink wine in front of them. Bear in mind that our God is a God of common sense as well!
Some of The Benefits of Red Wine:
- Red wine kills e-coli, parasites and bacteria. Wine was an essential beverage in Biblical times when residents lived without refrigeration. (One reason why unclean foods were forbidden at that time.)
- Red wine assists in circulation issues by removing plague from your arteries so blood can flow more freely, lowering blood pressure and coronary heart disease.
- Ongoing studies say it may help diminish kidney stone risk.
- Red wine contains resveratrol, a powerful antifungal, antioxidant which builds up the immune system and lowers unhealthy fat content.
- That being said, a little assists with weight loss using ellagic acid but at 9 calories per gram (1/4 teaspoon) it can really put on the pounds.
- Studies are promising regarding its ability to fight cataracts.
- Red wine boosts our good HDL levels while lowering bad LDL cholesterol levels.
- It’s rich in potassium which maintains healthy fluid balance.
- It fights free radicals, therefore assisting in anti-aging. (But once again, too much alcohol ages.)
- Most recently, studies have found that red wine regulates blood sugar, great for Type-2 diabetics. (But so does cinnamon, green tea, fiber.)
Caution: Too much wine can interfere with the absorption of vital nutrients such as calcium which could be detrimental to regulating blood pressure and osteoporosis.
Now you might disagree with me and that’s fine. I don’t enjoy Mt. Dew but I’m not telling you to avoid it. We live under Grace. The Jewish Talmud states that “Wine is the foremost of good medicines.” If it’s good enough for the Jewish nation, that’s good enough for me. What’s the expression? “God says it, that settles it?”