Top 7 Benefits of Merlot

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Merlot is one of the most popular types of red wine, but what most people don’t know is that it can also provide a number of health benefits.

What is Merlot?

Merlot is the name of a popular red wine, as well as the name of the dark blue-colored grapes that make this beverage. This popular table wine also lacks the sweetness that may be found in other white wine varieties, making it one of the driest options when it comes to wine. The flavor of this wine is often described as having a slight chocolate taste, making it easy to combine with other varieties, so it is a popular ingredient in combination or blended wines. For this reason, Merlot grapes are some of the most widely cultivated grapes in the world. The color of this wine tends to be dark red, although white merlot does exist, and is simply made through a slightly different production process. In terms of alcohol content, this rich wine tends to range between 13.5-15% ABV. Merlot is produced across the world, including areas such as France, Italy, Australia, the United States, South America, Mexico, Canada, and Spain, among others.

Nutrition Facts

Alcoholic Beverage, wine, table, red, Merlot
Serving Size :
NutrientValue
Water [g]86.59
Energy [kcal]83
Protein [g]0.07
Total lipid (fat) [g]0
Carbohydrate, by difference [g]2.51
Fiber, total dietary [g]0
Sugars, total [g]0.62
Calcium, Ca [mg]8
Iron, Fe [mg]0.46
Magnesium, Mg [mg]12
Phosphorus, P [mg]23
Potassium, K [mg]127
Sodium, Na [mg]4
Zinc, Zn [mg]0.14
Vitamin C, total ascorbic acid [mg]0
Thiamin [mg]0.01
Riboflavin [mg]0.03
Niacin [mg]0.22
Vitamin B-6 [mg]0.06
Vitamin B-12 [µg]0
Fatty acids, total trans [g]0
Sources include : USDA

Merlot Nutrition

When it comes to the nutrition, a 5-ounce serving of this wine contains around 120 calories. The wine also contains low levels of sodium, protein, and carbohydrates, as well as moderate amounts of iron, potassium, vitamin B6, and magnesium. This is in addition to the various antioxidants, such as resveratrol, that is found commonly in red wine.

Benefits

A number of benefits of drinking this red wine have been identified, including the following:

  • Protecting against degenerative disease
  • Boosting gut health
  • Lowering the risk of chronic diseases
  • Preventing inflammation
  • Improving heart health and preventing atherosclerosis and coronary heart diseases
  • Reducing LDL (bad) cholesterol levels in the body
  • Preventing constipation, bloating, and cramping

The antioxidants present in red wine, including resveratrol, help to improve the prebiotic potential in the body, as per popular research.

Uses

If you want to add Merlot to your daily diet, it’s easy to finish your day with a glass of red wine, which some doctors recommend for better health. Some people will also use Merlot is a cooking wine, but many of the active ingredients and health benefits will be lost, although the flavor will remain.

Side Effects

As with any alcoholic beverage, drinking an excessive amount of merlot can lead to a hangover including the following:

  • Dehydration
  • Nausea
  • Headaches
  • Fatigue

Red wine, in particular, has been associated with a number of allergic reactions for people who are sensitive to resveratrol and other active ingredients. If you experience any negative side effects when drinking a moderate amount of Merlot, speak with your doctor, but most importantly, drink this wine in moderation.

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John Staughton is a traveling writer, editor, and publisher who earned his English and Integrative Biology degrees from the University of Illinois in Champaign, Urbana (USA). He is the co-founder of a literary journal, Sheriff Nottingham, and calls the most beautiful places in the world his office. On a perpetual journey towards the idea of home, he uses words to educate, inspire, uplift and evolve.

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