Red Wine: Really Beneficial for Your Health?

by Sarah Jio, Glamour
Over the years, we've reported on lots of health benefits associated with drinking red wine. But wait, does this new study debunk them all?

Yes there are antioxidants in red wine (lots of them in fact), and yes antioxidants have been linked with a reduced risk of many chronic diseases, including heart disease and cancer. But, now researchers in Barcelona say that red wine may not have as many health benefits as previously thought.

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In their study, they tested the results of red wine, non-alcoholic red wine, and mixed drinks, and found that the non-alcoholic red wine fared best in reducing people's blood pressure and ultimately warding off heart disease.

What's going on here? The researchers speculate that the alcohol in wine could impede the absorption of the beneficial antioxidants. Yep, according to their findings, grape juice is probably a better option.

Harumph.

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Still, red wine lovers, take heart: There's still much more research needed before anyone can say with certainty that red wine doesn't have health benefits. And, I should also point out that this was a relatively small study and conducted on men, not women. So there.

Will this study change your drinking habits?

P.S. But, wine still may zap fat cells (gotta love that!). And, could a glass of vino protect you from skin cancer?

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