Seductive is the smell of cinnamon and cloves, cardamom and oranges - especially when it flows from the steam of mulled wine into the cold noses of the Christmas market visitors. Deceptive, however, is the belief that warm alcohol can warm the cold feet and ears sustainably. What is the good thing about mulled wine? And which warming alternatives are there?
Mulled wine with a warming effect?
Nothing compared to a sip of mulled wine on a cold winter's day - only one should not rely too much on its warming effect. Because alcohol enjoyed in frosty outdoor air gives a deceptive heat: ethanol dilates the blood vessels, so more blood gets to the skin surface. The body releases the heat all the faster.
This effect is after short feeling of warmth over, you freeze more than before. If, on the other hand, you drink your mulled wine in warm rooms, your body will get its money worth.
Cinnamon, cloves and cardamom as ingredients
Mulled wine is very popular, as evidenced by rising numbers. Around 50 million liters of mulled wine were consumed in Germany last year. No wonder, because it tastes delicious and should even be healthy. Let's start with the good and completely harmless ingredients:
- Cinnamon: An indispensable mulled wine spice, stimulates the body to produce digestive juices. He is a good remedy for feeling of fullness and even aphrodisiac act. Around 350 BC, the Greek philosopher Theophrastos praised cinnamon as a delicious spice, especially wine. Incidentally, the best cinnamon comes from Ceylon from the real cinnamon tree and is very light.
- Cardamom: He is said to have an appetizing effect. He also helps against flatulence.
- cloves: Above all, smell good, have antibacterial and digestive properties. Even in ancient China and Egypt, carnations and their beneficial effects were known. Arab merchants brought them to Europe in Roman times.
Mulled wine: calories in alcohol
In fact, the spices in mulled wine by the essential oils on the olfactory receptors trigger positive feelings and emotions. And that makes alcohol cheerful in moderation, is well known.
Still harmless, but a calorie bomb, that is sugar content in mulled wine. Without the sugar, the drink would not taste really good. Between 80 and 100 calories per 100 milliliters are in it, with a large cup, 200 calories in mulled wine quickly come together.
Alcohol content in mulled wine
The alcohol content of mulled wine is required by law at seven percent, On average, however, it is between nine and ten percent - only when it boils does it evaporate again. This is even checked: Partially take place at Christmas markets so-called mulled wine controls.
The alcohol in sugary (and also carbonated) drinks goes into the blood very quickly, because the intestinal mucosa through the sugar absorbs the alcohol faster. A quarter liter of wine contains about 20 grams of pure alcohol, according to the German Nutrition Society. The body loses 0.1 grams per kilogram of body weight per hour. This means that a man weighing 80 kilograms needs around 2.5 hours, a woman weighing 60 kilos needs three hours to break down the alcohol.
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Healthy alternatives to mulled wine
Fortunately, there are non-alcoholic, but equally good fragrant and warming alternatives: hot, sweetened tea or Punch from apple or elderberry juice. The ingredients are basically the same as in the basic recipe: cinnamon, cloves, cardamom, possibly also anise and vanilla, orange and lemon slices. Only the red wine is replaced by grape juice or apple juice and orange juice.