Wine’s Importance in the Mediterranean Diet

by Marta Burgués

The Mediterranean diet’s multiple benefits for the body are well-known. Indeed, it prevents heart-related diseases, eliminates bad cholesterol and provides nutrients needed to develop an optimum mind and body.

This diet includes wine, both at lunch and dinner since -consumed with moderation- it is a healthy beverage that also brings many advantages.

The Mediterranean Diet Foundation admits that “wine is a beverage traditionally associated with both beneficial and harmful effects on health. What determines the balance tilting to one side or the other is the daily amount consumed and the nutritional pattern followed”. What’s more, they recommend the words of Ramón Estruch, one of the leaders of the Predimed research group of the Center for Biomedical Research in Network Physiopathology of Obesity and Nutrition (CIBERobn), who states that “the greatest benefits are achieved when consumption stays moderate and within a healthy dietary pattern as the Mediterranean diet”.

So, the importance of wine in this diet is relevant, as is the amount. The recommended drinking amount for men is a maximum of three glasses per day, and one glass and a half for women.

The guide of the Mediterranean Diet Foundation establishes that water is the beverage par excellence in the Mediterranean diet, whereas wine should be consumed in moderation and only during meals. They add that wine is a traditional food in the diet that can have beneficial effects for health by consuming it in moderation and in the context of a balanced diet.

These beverages, such as wine, should be combined with local, seasonal products, vegetables, cereals, fish, red meats (in moderation), fresh fruit, dairy, nuts and cooking with olive oil.

Finally, daily exercise remains one of the fundamentals that complete the diet and enable us to enjoy the tasty Mediterranean food guilt-free.

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