December 9 2011
I woke up this morning with a ‘wine spot’. A red zit right by my nose. Nice. I find that if I drink a little too regularly my skin suffers, and expresses itself freely in the odd unsightly blemish. I don’t understand the mechanism behind it, but it is really annoying.
I feel like I am regressing into my spotty teens, except I am now what is know affectionately as a ‘lightweight’, drinking way under the UK government guidelines of 3 to 4 units a day for men (according to drinkaware
) . 3 to 4 units is actually quite a lot (4 x 25ml whiskey shots). I probably only have the equivalent of 125ml 12.5% to 14.5 % ABV wine every night (a small glass or about 1.6 to 1.8 units). Just enough to wash down my beans on toast.
So anyway I ate some muesli with lashings of milk as a healthy antidote for breakfast, only to read that wine could have more far reaching consequences in my diet that I first thought. Ever wondered what they do with all the leftovers (skins, seeds, pulp and stems) from wine making? It is called ‘grape pomace’ or ‘marc’, and experts in Australia claim that when fed to cows it improves the quality of milk and even reduces the cow’s methane emissions.
So one glass of wine for me, one glass of grape pomace for the cows and we have perfect balance in the world.
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Have you heard of vinotherapy spas? Apparently grapes are also v. good for the skin (I guess noone told your zit!) In my view, its still nicer to drink than to bathe in wine but Ill be sure to mention methane reducing properties to my husband