What if I told you that drinking coffee and red wine could increase your longevity? Yes, you read that right. It seems that your morning coffee and evening glass of red wine may just be extending your life.
Coffee and Red Wine New Study Results
A recent study conducted by UC Irvine Institute (called UCI MIND), reports that drinking coffee and red wine can help you live longer. Now that is a trend that most of us can easily stick with.
The majority of people consume at least one of those beverages daily, and many people start their day with a cup of coffee and end it with a glass of red wine.
How Coffee and Red Wine Work
Over 1,600 people aged 90 and above when studied during the UCI MIND test. Their lifestyle habits, medical histories, and various other factors were considered that might be contributing to their long lifespan.
Two things these study participants had in common were their regular consumption of coffee and alcohol. Participants consumed both beverages daily in moderation, but how it works remains a mystery.
A key researcher on the study team reportedly stated that she has no explanation for it, but she firmly believes moderate drinking improves longevity.
Coffee and Red Wine Antioxidants
Coffee and wine are both loaded with antioxidants, which may help to explain their contribution to increasing the lifespan.
Antioxidants protect our bodies from damage caused by free radicals. This reduction in damage also lowers the risk of diabetes, heart disease and dementia, which are all leading causes of death as we age.
7 Main Types of Red Wine
Cabernet sauvignon is the most planted grape. It’s a fairly safe wine to order with just about any meal. California Cabernet is usually a bit fruitier while French Cabernet is a bit more herbal. Drink it with almost any meat and preferably fattier cuts.
The second most planted grape in the world is Merlot. It’s a great wine for beginners. It’s a sweeter wine and fairly easy to drink because it’s fruitier and tasty. Pair it with chicken and duck.
Malbec lies somewhere between the boldness of a Cabernet and the fruitiness of the Merlot. It combines a little of both and tends to have a smoky flavor because many winemakers use oak barrels to make them. Pair it with leaner cuts of meat and spicier foods.
Zinfandels are one of the easiest to drink because of its juicy fruitiness. It’s a strawberry or cherry flavor with higher alcohol content than other wines. Best paired with pork, pasta and pizza.
Zingiovese wine is made from the biggest grape in Italy and tends to be on the dry side. It’s more acidic, tartier and lighter in body than other wines. Pair this with acidic dishes as well as Italian dishes and gamey meats such as duck and venison.
Pinot Noir has a light silky, fruity delicate taste. It has a lighter body with a hint of berry taste. Pair it with salmon and sushi.
Syrah and Shiraz are the same grape but are referred to differently depending on the region. It’s called Syrah in France and Europe and Shiraz in South America and Australia. It tends to have a spicy bold blackberry flavor. Pair it with spicier foods such as Thai, Mexican and Indian meals.
Red Wine Flavor Infographic
Original Source: Wine Flavor Profiles of Red Wines | Wine Folly
Types of Coffee Infographic
Anyone Can Do It
This is one thing everyone can do to help increase longevity. Drinking coffee and red wine does not require a large investment of time, money or effort, and both are readily available.
The wide range of coffee flavors, brew strengths and temperature choices have already made coffee drinking an acceptable social pastime and coffee houses are on every other corner.
Red wine is inexpensive and available at your local supermarket or bar. Social drinking has always been an acceptable pastime, but remember, drinking in moderation is a key factor to increase longevity.