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Remember all that moderate wine drinking you’re supposed to do? Those one or two glasses a day you’re supposed to drink to prevent disease? Yeah, well, a new study suggests that resveratrol, the compound found in #red wine with all the purported health benefits, is just a lot of hype.
Researchers at Johns Hopkins University Medical Center in Baltimore, Maryland, concluded there’s little evidence that resveratrol has beneficial effects on a number of health issues. They found no association between #resveratrol, and less cardiovascular disease, inflammation, cancer and increases in longevity.
The study authors do say that other substances found in red wine and other foods, such as dark chocolate and berries, may still have small, positive health effects, so there’s reason to keep drinking.
And, there are these reasons too: A nice glass of wine can bring a smile to your face, lets you unwind after a long day, and, of course, adds to a good laugh with good friends. All secrets to a happy life, if you ask me.
Check out this article from Johns Hopkins for more information about the study.
The United States is the world’s largest market for wine, as U.S. consumers bought 29.1 million hectoliters of wine in 2013. This is the first time the U.S. beat out #france as the biggest consumer of wine in the world, according to a report from Reuters.
But, even though the U.S. might be the biggest market for wine, we’re still not the world’s biggest wine drinkers per capita. That honor still goes to France, where the average person imbibes 1.2 bottles per week — 6 times more than Americans. Guess we need to step it up, American wine lovers.
Interestingly, however, wine consumption in European countries has fallen overall, even if they still drink more than Americans.
“In countries such as France, Italy and Spain, people used to drink a lot of wine, but consumption habits are changing,” OIV director general Jean-Marie Aurand said on the sidelines of a news conference in Paris.
“We drink less wine by volume, more quality wine. And there is also competition from other drinks such as beer.”
Wine tastings can be confusing or intimidating. Moreso, if you’re not in wine country itself, you may be wondering where the heck to go for a wine tasting anyway! Well today, we are sharing five tips on how to be a pro wine-taster and fit right in with all of those “wine snobs” (who probably don’t know a whole lot more than you anyway!).
An occasional glass of wine might help keep your kidneys healthy, new research suggests.
And for those who already have kidney disease, which puts one at higher risk for cardiovascular problems, moderate wine drinking might help the heart, the researchers added.
“Those (with healthy kidneys) who drank less than one glass of wine a day had a 37 percent lower risk of having chronic kidney disease than those who drank no wine,” said study author Dr. Tapan Mehta, a renal fellow at the University of Colorado Anschutz Medical Center, in Aurora.
“Those with chronic kidney disease who drank less than one glass a day had a 29 percent lower risk of cardiovascular events (than those who drank no wine),” he added.
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