By Nancy Smorch
While perusing the Internet for cooking inspiration (again), you may recall that I found a recipe the other day on Clean Wellness, which I tried.
I made the raw cookie dough balls, and then looked around to see what else she had.
The Coconut Brown Rice Pudding recipe looked tasty... but while scrolling through a ton of pictures to try to get to the actual recipe, I digressed (imagine that!).
This particular post of the coconut brown rice pudding talked about her being at an organic vineyard in Ontario, so that naturally piqued my interest (along with the really cute pictures of a lamb!).
When I went ahead and shifted over the the website of the vineyard (Southbrook Vineyards), I started looking at their wines to see if any of them would interest me. What caught my eye, wasn’t a wine - it was actually a non-wine product that they make from the skins of the red grapes. This product was called Bioflavia. This really caught my attention, because one of the supposed benefits of drinking red wine was that it is high in resveratrol - an extremely potent antioxidant, and this antioxidant is found in the skin of red grapes.
Resveratrol has also been linked to many health benefits - especially resveratrol in red wine, sometimes referred to as the French Paradox. Here is a link to an interesting research article about the health benefits of resveratrol.
The challenges with eating or drinking products from red grapes and experiencing the benefits is that the skin, the outer protection, which is where the high levels of resveratrol, will often contain pesticide residue, which is then passed on to the consumer. In this case, the grapes are grown organically, so there isn’t the risk of these chemicals outweighing any possible benefits. When you are talking about a highly concentrated product like this which only contains the skin, it is imperative that it not contain chemical residues (much like making sure citrus essential oils are organic, since these oils are actually produced from the skins of the citrus fruits).
Needless to say, I ordered a few containers of Bioflavia and am going to recommend it to a few friends who could use some high antioxidant foods. You can add this powder to smoothies, to cereal, or to juice, or whatever you like.
We’ll see how the flavor is - I plan on adding it to some smoothies with all of the fresh fruits and veggies available this time of year.
Check out Southbrook Vineyards site as well here. Looks like a place I will definitely want to visit!