Chances are, you've heard that a little alcohol- especially wine is good for the heart and for health generally.
Sorting out fact from wishful thinking isn't really easy. Research, however reveals that a little wine is probably fine, just don't over do it.
FACTS AND FALLACIES
There has been a lot of talk lately about the risks and rewards that drinking wine has on a person's health. So what's true and what's not?
In reality, 'moderate' drinking (one or two glasses a day) does seem to protect against heart disease- but primarily for men aged over 4o and pre0menopausal women. There is little evidence that drinking wine or any other alcohol will improve the heath of younger people, who are less at risk of heart disease in the first place.
According to he British heart foundation, drinking more than two glasses a day could be harmful.
But before you go and pour your wine collection down the sink, relax. It really is true that wine, particularly red wine, does not contain several antioxidants, such as quercetin and resveratol, which may play a part in helping to prevent heart disease and cancer.
A woman can drink up to three glasses a day without significant risk to health.
RAISE YOUR GLASS TO RED WINE
Scientists have found
Ask any Ugandan what they consider as their most common food and they will most probably say Matooke. It is a meal consisting of green bananas (plantain) which are peeled, boiled (or steamed in banana leaves) and then mashed. Sometimes though, they are not mashed, especially in cases when one intends to prepare katogo (another local delicacy).
Matooke is best served with ground nut sauce or beef or chicken or beans. Matooke is rich in potassium, one serving of the food has as much potassium as two-and-a -half glasses of milk, or two-and-a-half bananas. Potassium plays a key role in regulating one's blood pressure.