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60 percent of U.S. women have at least one drink a year.

Among women who drink, 13 percent have more than seven drinks per week. But with parties and social events, those who drink may have more than one drink. New research warns the harm in a two-drink daily consumption, but I thought drinking 1-2 glasses of wine a day was "heart healthy"?

According to Dietary Guidelines for Americans 2014, published by the U.S. Department of Agriculture, "If alcohol is consumed, it should be consumed in moderation - up to one drink per day for women and two drinks per day for men."

Okay... I can safely have one glass of wine per day. As far as the second one, a new study warns that middle aged drinkers who drink one glass of wine a day could increase their risk of stroke by the third. 

A new report in the American Heart Association Journal - Stroke stated that "heavy" drinking raises one's risk of stroke as much as diabetes and high blood pressure. It does not take much to reach the "heavy" label, defined as exceeding two drinks a day, which can raise your risk of stroke by 34 percent.

This confusing information of one versus two drinks for women comes with baffling benefits of red wine versus spirits or beer.

Red wine has been considered "heart healthy" due to its polyphenols and resveratrol components. Resveratrol helps reduce inflammation, prevents the oxidation of LDL "bad" cholesterol, and makes it more difficult for platelets to stick together and form clots that can lead to a heart attack. 

The resveratrol in wine comes from the skins of red grapes. Blueberries, cranberries and nuts are also sources of resveratrol.

I think practicing healthy lifestyle habits like a diet high in fruits and vegetables as well as regular exercise are your best habits in living longer and disease free, but a little vino a day can improve your attitude and even your heart -- just be sure to drink in moderation!

If you have any health or fitness related questions, please feel free to reach out on Facebook or email me directly at andrea@womensforum.com.

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