Countless studies have declared the health benefits of red wine, citing compounds such as antioxidants, resveratrol, polyphenolic compounds, etc. But for the most part it seems these benefits are said to come from wine, and often red wine in particular. Well now (in a recent article in Wine Spectator online) I read that there are studies analyzing whether or not these health benefits actually can be realized simply by consuming the grapes, or some other form of grape byproduct such as grape seed extract or grape powder (huh?). The article loses me upon implying that drinking red wine to reap the health benefits is no longer necessary. But I thought some of you might find it to be interesting.
On a separate wine & health related topic, one that stirred a bit of controversy the last time I brought it up, I found yet another piece discussing pre-natal wine consumption.
Found in a local paper and taken from the “New Science Magazine”, the study cites a University College London study whereby data was collected by more than 12,000 mothers and children in the UK over the last 7 years. Apparently, “kids whose mothers had one to two alcoholic drinks per week during pregnancy had fewer cognitive and behavioral problems by age 3 than those of woman who abstained”.
A shocking revelation of the article, “light drinking could also help women to relax, making pregnancy less stressful”….ummm….REEEEEEALLY?!?!?!? Husbands, stock your liquor cabinets!!
I’m not taking a position here (although I have stated an unfounded opinion in the past). Just saying guys & gals…if it helps the stress level and benefits the kids, what the heck are we making ourselves crazy for.
Seriously though, as always, pregnant women should definitely consult their physician before considering any alcoholic beverages during pregnancy.
Husbands of pregnant women however should DRINK AWAY (I hear pregnant women can be a bit…well, ya know, demanding).
Happy HEALTHY wine Tasting!