Wine and Health - Lectures
Thursday 11. march 1999
A typical lecture will take the attention of the public for 45 minutes. Most often
the lecture results in several questions from the audience (5-15 minutes). All
the lectures will be illustrated by informative and funny colour slides. The themes
of the lectures cover a wide field:
- Wine from vineyard to table describes the process of making wine
from the wine plant in the vineyard to the bottle of wine on the table plus
information on how to store wine, how to serve the right bottle, suggestions
for wine and food and how to get the most out of wine.
- Wine and polyphenols review the latest information on wine
polyphenols – a large group of highly reactive chemical compounds that
include natural colour pigments such as anthocyans, vegetable tannins and
many flavour compounds. Compared to beer and white wine the polyphenol content
of red wine is ten times as high. Wine polyphenols are have strong anti-oxidative
properties which protect LDL-cholesterol from oxidation and contribute to
the reduction of the incidence of heart disease among red wine drinkers.
- Wine – a cordial describes
the complex disease of atherosclerosis: by far the most frequent cause of
ischemic heart disease and ischemic stroke – the first and third most
common cause of death in North America and Europe. The lecture examine the
results of ecologic studies and case-control and cohort studies. The mechanism
of red wine’s protective effect include alcohols ability to increase
the serum concentration of HDL-cholesterol and the effect of alcohol on platelet
function and other components of clotting and fibrinolysis.
- Wine as medicine describes the health benefits of a moderate alcohol
consumption including a reduction of the the risk of diseases like ischemic
heart disease, ischemic stroke, diabetes, gall bladder disease, kidney stones,
dementia and age-related macular degeneration.
- Wine and women focus attention on questions of special interest to
women: Is the female body more sensitive to alcohol than the male body? What
happens to women's weight when they drink alcohol? Is there an interaction
between alcohol and oestrogen? Does the consumption of alcohol raise the risk
of breast cancer? The lecture also report on women, sex and alcohol.
- Wine as poison sum up the many riscs and side effects of an immoderate