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The Worst Wine Mistake You Can Make, Dietitian Says

No matter what you hear, a dietitian warns that this particular wine habit can affect your longterm health.

You could say that wine has a lot in common with coffee: If you're a fan of either one, you probably regard your beloved beverage as one you savor that's also been shown to come with a long list of health benefits. This might seem like a green light to sip these gifts from nature to your heart's content—however, wine in particular comes with a critical caution, advises one long-practicing dietitian.

Karen Graham, RD, CDE is a registered dietitian and certified diabetes educator for over 30 years, as well as a winner of Canada's National Health Information Award. Keep reading to learn what she believes is the single-worst mistake you can make with wine. Also, don't miss Secret Side Effects of Eating Rotisserie Chicken, Says Science.

Wine guidance can be confusing.

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Most of us would probably agree that some health professionals' recommendations about wine can be puzzling. Over the years, multiple past studies have suggested that drinking wine regularly is beneficial to cardiovascular health.

However, Graham says, it's important to consider the more systemic effects wine can have on your body. With that in mind, continue reading. (Also sign up for the Eat This, Not That! newsletter for daily food news you can use.)

Don't drink wine daily.

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Graham's one specific wine-drinking don't is not to drink wine every single day. "I think the worst wine mistake you can make is thinking that drinking wine daily is a healthy choice," she says.

In Diabetes Meals for Good Health Cookbook, Graham acknowledges past studies that have shown wine "may have some mild heart benefits," she says. But it also raises a concerning risk. "Even one drink a day increases a woman's risk for breast cancer," she says. "The more you drink, the more likely you are to get breast cancer."

(Learn more about why daily wine-drinking can be hazardous in 50 Worst Foods to Never Eat If Cancer Runs in Your Family.)

The data is sobering.

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You might consider wine to be a good-time go-to, but science suggests it can be serious business when it comes to women's health.

In fact, putting Graham's observation into further perspective, BreastCancer.org notes: "[…W]omen who have three alcoholic drinks per week have a 15% higher risk of breast cancer. Experts estimate that the risk of breast cancer goes up another 10% for each additional drink women regularly have each day."

Next, the organization provides the physiological explanation for why this is…

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The scientific link between wine and breast cancer, explained:

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BreastCancer.org points to two main explanations for how frequent wine-drinking can lead to breast cancer. First, they say, alcohol can damage the DNA in our cells.

Also, "Alcohol can increase levels of estrogen and other hormones associated with hormone-receptor-positive breast cancer."

To wise up a little more about wine and your health, keep reading:

Krissy Gasbarre
Krissy is a senior news editor at <em>Eat This, Not That!</em>, managing morning and weekend news related to nutrition, wellness, restaurants and groceries (with a focus on beverages), and more. Read more