Wine is Good for you!

5 Reasons why having wine is good for health

Across the globe, wine has emerged as a hallmark for good life and refined culture. Wine is one of history’s oldest drinks that map its existence throughout the evolution of mankind and human civilization. Wine is not merely perceived as an alcoholic drink but is also regarded as an elixir of human life in light of the health benefits that are gradually coming forth as new health benefits are being discovered and acknowledged by medical experts.

The American Heart Association (AHA) has confirmed several health benefits that may be experienced by a person with moderate consumption of wine which it quantified by AHA experts as one to two glasses of four-ounce each day!

The list of health benefits of wine is long, and with new studies being conducted on the same, new advantages is being revealed practically every other day.

Health benefits of having wine

 1)      Prevents cancer

Cancer is believed to arise when the body is exposed to a considerable amount of free radicals which have the potential to harm cells in the body. Free radicals are created in the body and play a crucial role in many regular cellular development processes. However, beyond a certain range, free radicals can be harmful to the body. The damage to cells caused by free radicals may lead to the development of cancer and other serious ailments. In this battle of shedding excess free radicals from the body, antioxidants play a role of scavengers for free radicals which neutralize the damage caused by such free radicals.

All wines are rich in antioxidants! Wine contains resveratrol which is an antioxidant that is believed by Researchers to have the potential to prevent or curb the growth of many types of cancer cells.  According to a study conducted by Stony Brook University and affirmed by the American Journal of Gastroenterology 2005, the risk of colon cancer can be reduced by 45 percent by moderate consumption of red wine!

A study conducted by the Radiation Oncology Department at the University of Rochester Medical Center suggested that resveratrol, found in red wine has the potential to destroy pancreatic cancer cells if consumed regularly in moderation!

Resveratrol has been shown to thwart the growth of breast cancer cells. Many studies suggest that resveratrol may also be linked to the suppression of cancer growth in pancreas, skin, liver, colon, prostate, and many other cancer types.

2)      Enhances brain functioning

According to a research study conducted by a team at Northumbria University, resveratrol found in wines may boost mental function by increasing blood flow to the brain. This finding is especially more prominent in older adults as their natural cognitive abilities of the brain may have suffered a natural decline and the improvement in brain functioning is relatively more evident on moderate consumption of red wine or rose wine. Also, a glass of wine (in moderation) at dinner time is believed to induce overall better quality of sleep which automatically leads to improved brain functioning. Considering the same, it seems like drinking a glass of wine per day is like fodder for the brain!

3)      Reduces risk of heart disease

The good news for moderate wine drinkers is that limited and regular consumption of red wine is found to indicate notably increased levels of good HDL cholesterol and decreased systolic and diastolic blood pressure, triglycerides, and LDL cholesterol in their bodies. This protects and improves heart functioning and ensures prevention of any heart diseases. Also, polyphenols in rosé wine are found to help lower LDL or bad cholesterol. It is also believed that polyphenols and resveratrol in rosé wine help to thin the blood and raise HDL cholesterol thus aiding heart functioning. Two glasses of your favorite white wine per day can reduce the risk of heart disease by at least 25 percent.   

4)      Improves bone density

Red wine contains high levels of silicon, which is found to be helpful in maintaining bone mineral density in humans. It increases the density and bone strength and reduces the chance of osteoporosis and arthritis. Medical experts have noted a direct correlation between improved bone density and moderate consumption of wine among wine consumers. As per a study published in 2014 by the Endocrine Society’s Journal of Clinical Endocrinology & Metabolism resveratrol contained in several types of wines such as red wine, rose wine etc may help increase spinal bone density in wine drinkers with metabolic syndrome, provided the wine is consumed in prescribed moderation. The study also indicated that resveratrol could pose in near future as a viable treatment option for osteoporosis and rheumatoid arthritis!

5)      Reduces Risk of Type 2 Diabetes

We have all heard that people having diabetes should refrain from consuming alcohol. This is because alcohol breaks down into glucose which is difficult to metabolize leading to sugar levels shooting up. However, recent studies suggest that red wine (consumed in moderation) is beneficial for Type II diabetics thanks to “resveratrol”, a powerful antioxidant found in grapes, blueberries, and other berries. Benefits of drinking red wine include increased level of HDL, improvements in lipid tests, improved blood circulation, and thus is said to be instrumental in improving the overall metabolic profile and sugar levels of moderate red wine consumers. For the teetotallers, there’s another natural remedy that can help decrease the blood sugar. Bael plant is supposed to have many medicinal properties, reducing the blood sugar being one of its many benefits.

Considering all the above mentioned health benefits, it is evident that resveratrol component present in wines has great nutritional and curative properties.

And the best part is that scientific studies are showing that wine is divine for health and mind so what are you waiting for? Go indulge in a soothing glass of wine. But just remember, just 

Expert Interview

Expert Interview Series by our friends at Cilantro: David Levy of Chocolate Tales About Making Fine Chocolate

Chocolate talesDavid Levy, the founder of Chocolate Tales, manages his dream chocolate business. He stays on top of the latest and greatest trends to ensure his events and workshops are incomparable to others. We checked in with David to hear about his chocolate-themed events and learn a few tips about making fine chocolate.How did you come to love all things chocolate?My passion for chocolate started at an early age. After working in the food and hospitality industry for 10+ years and working with chocolate as a hobby, I decided to run chocolate workshops for my VIP clients. After receiving positive feedback, I began to play around with the idea of starting up a business dedicated to interacting and teaching using the chocolate. Because of the overwhelming demand, I kept growing the business. Currently, Chocolate Tales runs 700 – 800 workshops per year.

Talk about the chocolate workshops, home parties, and other events that your company puts on. What kinds of “chocolicious” options do you offer?

Chocolate Tales has over 20 programs for our guests to choose from. We have divided the programs into categories so as not to overwhelm our customers. We provide workshops that last from 45 minutes to half a day. We offer Home Parties, Bachelorette/Bridal, Corporate Team Building, mobile chocolate studios at weddings and special events, as well as child birthday party entertainment and much more.

What kind of responses and feedback do you get from people who attend your chocolate-themed events?

People love our events. We are able to provide a full-service mobile chocolate experience. The guests get a chance to taste, learn, and make fine Belgian chocolate to their hearts’ content. Our focus is on providing a positive, friendly, and professional interaction with all our clients. Our guests get a chance to make chocolates they would only dream of buying at a specialty chocolate store.

Other than a love of chocolate, what other traits and abilities should a skilled chocolatier possess?

Creativity, stamina, precision, and dedication.

What’s the most unusual chocolate-related food, dish, or recipe that you have prepared?

Chocolate Chicken

Could you share a chocolate recipe with us that’s targeted toward grownups instead of kids?

Truffles

Ingredients:

  • 400g bitter chocolate
  • 150g cream 35%
  • 2 Tsp instant coffee
  • 1 oz brandy

Preparation:

  • Place the chocolate in a stainless steel mixing bowl.
  • Heat the cream in a saucepan until it starts to simmer, then add the instant coffee and bring to a boil. Pour the cream onto the chocolate and make sure it is completely covered, then let it sit for a minute.
  • Start mixing the cream until it’s one shiny mass. Now you can add the brandy!
  • Cover the bowl and place in fridge for 6 hours.
  • On parchment paper, prepare an even layer of cocoa powder, take out some of the ganache, and use a spoon to form it into a nut-shaped ball before placing it on the cocoa powder. Roll it around in the cocoa and move it to a clean surface (it helps to use latex gloves to do this).
  • Once you’ve made it all, place it in the fridge for about an hour and then serve. Enjoy!

For people who do not live in Ontario and can’t experience one of your workshops or events, what suggestions do you have for people who want to host a chocolate-making party of their own?

Keep it simple and engaging. It’s always a good idea to make truffles with your guests.

Complete this sentence: “When I’m preparing something chocolatey in the kitchen, I feel naked if I don’t have my…”

“… infra-red thermometer.”

What appliance or gadget should every budding chocolatier have in his or her kitchen?

A melter/tempering machine or Ez-Temper.

Feel free to check out some more great articles @ Cilantro – The Cooks Shop 

Building a Chocolate Bridge at the Luxury Chocolate Show for SickKids Foundation

Imagine building a bridge out of chocolate – and doing a good deed at the same time!

Join us at the Toronto Chocolate Festival and build a delicious miniature replica of structures like San Francisco’s Golden Gate or London’s Tower Bridge.  It’s just $5 to take part – and while you’re having fun, your donation will help support Toronto’s SickKids Hospital, Canada’s largest centre dedicated to children’s health.

 

The Chocolate Tales team will be near the entrance of Roy Thomson Hall, Toronto, Sunday November 6th 2016 at the 6th Annual Toronto International Luxury Chocolate Show from 11am-6pm.

In case you’re wondering, the bridges are made of edible bricks, coated with fine quality melted chocolate, donated by famed supplier Callebaut.  All sorts of mouth-watering and colourful decorations are on hand to help replicate architectural features – and there’s even melted blue cocoa butter to recreate the water below.

And with all that delicious chocolate, it’ll be tough to hold back from licking your fingers!

But how does something so tasty stay so sturdy? 

Get there early to find out the sweet secret - and share the fun to help SickKids at the same time!

  • o   Building a Chocolate Bridge 11am-6pm close to the entrance of Roy Thomson Hall, Toronto, Sunday November 6th 2016 at the 6th Annual Toronto International Luxury Chocolate Show. Tickets $5 and proceeds go to SickKids Foundation, Toronto.

 We run chocolate-making ​workshops and events for all ages! Click here to book a workshop or call  1-800 905 2858 

Halloween Events in Toronto!

 

 

For chocolate lovers one of the sweetest times of the year is Halloween, Hallowe’en, “All Hallows’ Evening”, or All Saints Day- any way you shake it, it’s one of our favourite times of year too! This celebration has been around for over 2,000 years. Today it’s the second largest commercial holiday in the United States with Halloween-related sales of approximately $6.9 billion a year. That’s a whole lot of candy and chocolate…

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The Evolution of Chocolate Bar Wrappers

Thank you to our friends over at Cera Packaging for this lovely infographic!

 

The Evolution of Your Favourite Chocolate Bar Wrappers

The world of chocolate has changed massively since its conception in the early 1900s.

Early wrappers were made from basic tin foil with limited colours and graphic until they evolved into the colourful aluminium wrappers that we see today.

The packaging of chocolate bars has even evolved into the psychology of the human brain and its reaction to seeing certain colours.

Take a look at this great infographic below and learn some of the history behind the evolution of the chocolate bar.

Get Your Life Organized for Back to School Season

10 Incredibly Smart Ideas To Get Your Life Organized:

 

The hot weather is melting away and September awaits us. As the new school season starts and a change of pace sets in, it’s the perfect time to organize our lives. If you find yourself feeling overwhelmed with things to do, or perhaps find that you put off doing what you enjoy because you never get to the fun “list”, you may need an intervention. It’s not too late to figure out a system and revamp your schedule so you can make time your friend! Here is our list of 10 recommendations you can implement today:

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How to Become a Chocolatier

What is a chocolatier?

A chocolatier is a person or company who makes confectionary from chocolate. Chocolatiers are distinct from chocolate makers, who create chocolate from cacao beans and other ingredients. If you have never tasted chocolates sculpted by a chocolatier you might be curious to know what makes chocolate made by a chocolatier better than the rest.

 

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Wine & Chocolate Tasting Events!

 

One of the best summer attractions Ontario has to offer is a trip to wine country, Niagara Region, for some wine tasting, good food and site seeing. That’s why we are very excited to announce our collaboration with Pondview Estate Winery this summer. Join us for a classic Wine and Chocolate Tasting Tour!

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We Plan Kids Birthday Parties!

Kids celebrate with us! If you are looking to make for a memorable experience choose chocolate making for your kids next birthday party. We are a mobile party option, which means we deliver the best in chocolate entertainment right to your door.

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Mothers Day Chocolates and Gifts!

 

Mother’s Day is May 10th! It’s a modern celebration honoring one’s mother, as well as motherhood, maternal bonds, and the influence of mothers in society. It is celebrated on various days in many parts of the world, most commonly in the months of March or May. We love moms for the various things they teach us and their love and support along the way!

 

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