As wine lovers, we’re always looking for affirmation that our hobby is not only enjoyable, but also good for us from a health perspective.
Countless studies have been performed that link moderate wine consumption to better heart health and longevity. The presence of a substance called resveratrol in red wine seems to be particularly beneficial.
This was first pointed out to a mass audience by journalist (and wine lover) Morley Safer in a “60 Minutes” report on the Mediterranean diet.
Two fairly recent studies provided more good news for wine drinkers. One even included a popular pairing partner for wine — cheese — in the mix.
Iowa State University’s study showed that there are possible connections between the consumption of wine and cheese and the prevention of Alzheimer’s disease.
The study looked at just under 1,800 aging adults, and it was determined that cheese was a strong protective food against age-related cognitive problems. Red wine, with its aforementioned resveratrol component, was a close second.
So if someone suggests wine and cheese for a special snack, just say, “Yes, please.” And ask for a red wine.
Another study, truly comprehensive in nature, took into consideration more than 30 years of alcohol-related data from multiple countries, beginning in 1990.
The bottom line: Those over the age of 40 — for whom the most common causes of death are heart disease, stroke and diabetes — may benefit from the consumption of a moderate amount of alcohol.
“Moderate,” of course, is the key word, and in the case of this study, it is defined as one or two glasses of wine — preferably red — with dinner.
Also keep in mind that everybody is different. That is, each of us has a unique health profile. So it’s always best to consult with a physician before making any big changes to your diet.