Study Reveals Red Wine Is Actually Kind Of Good For You

By Ally Parker December 18, 2019

Specifically, your gut.

Good news red wine fans; your fave evening beverage is actually kinda good for you.

A twin study, published in the Journal of Gastroenterology, found that those who drank red wine had increase cut microbiota diversity – a good thing – and lower levels of obesity and bad cholesterol. 

Researchers from the Department of Twin Research & Genetic Epidemiology, King’s College London explored the effect of a range of alcohol on the gut.

Testing 916 UK female twins, the study ultimately found that those who drank red wine (as opposed to beer, cider, spirits and white wine) had this greater diversity on gut microbiota – a marker of good gut health.

And that’s not all, the same was observed in three cohorts across the UK, USA and Netherlands.

The clever folks who ran the study believe the source of good gut vibes are the polyphenols in red wine. Polyphenols are defence chemicals naturally present in many fruits and veg which have beneficial properties that fuel microbes.

Does this mean you should go and down a bottle a day? No. Not even close. 

Let Dr. Caroline Le Roy explain:

“Although we observed an association between red wine consumption and the gut microbiota diversity, drinking red wine rarely, such as once every two weeks, seems to be enough to observe an effect. If you must choose one alcoholic drink today, red wine is the one to pick as it seems to potentially exert a beneficial effect on you and your gut microbes, which in turn may also help weight and risk of heart disease. However, it is still advised to consume alcohol with moderation.”

So basically, red wine is kinda good... in moderation.

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