You’ve probably heard the claims that wine, especially red wine has health benefits. That’s because wine contains something called resveratrol. But according to the Harvard Health Letter we need to think a little more critically about these claims.
According to the article, “resveratrol, an antioxidant found in red wine and certain foods, has been touted as a natural way to slow aging and fight cancer, obesity, heart disease, and diabetes. As promising as it sounds, we don’t really know how resveratrol affects humans, since most studies have been conducted on animals and microbes.”
In fact, one of the first actual studies of the effects of resveratrol on humans found NO health benefit. This study of over 800 participants was conducted by the Johns Hopkins School of Medicine and published in Journal of the American Medical Association.
Less than a year ago, the Global Burden of Diseases looked at drinking levels in 195 countries over a sixteen year period. Their conclusion was that no amount of alcohol is safe and there are no health benefits to drinking alcohol.
This may not be your favorite post, haha, but remember knowledge is power! With knowledge we can make informed decisions about our health.