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Red Wine Follow Up
Joe Piscatella posted:
Recently it was found that a University of Connecticut researcher had falsified the outcomes of a study very favorable to red wine. While this is very disappointing, before you give up that glass of wine you should understand that a number of other studies suggest that alcohol - including red wine - can be cardioprotective when taken in moderate amounts. Obviously, if you need to lose weight, have high triglycerides or have an addictive personality, don't use alcohol at all. Too many empty calories and other problems. But for many people, alcohol can be beneficial. But there is no magic in red wine. It's the alcohol - whether in wine, beer or scotch - that is effective. So while the University of Connecticut study may be flawed, there are numerous other studies that favor the moderate consumption of alcohol.
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billh99 responded:
To be clear he was not studying the effects of Red Wine.

I don't know why all of the news reports say that. He was studying reservatrol which is hust one component of red wine.

But is also in grapes and even has significant amounts is some white wines.

It is also peanuts, coca powder and blueberries.
billh99 responded:
Here is the best research that I have seen on alcohol.

They had one group of people that for one month they tried each of Absenting, Gin, Red Wine, Alcohol free read wine (which had the same polyphenols as the Red Wine.

At the end of the month they did detailed blood tests.

The key results of the study were that both ethanol and nonalcoholic compounds in red wine have potentially protective effects that may reduce the risk of vascular disease. Specifically, the authors conclude that "the phenolic content of red wine may modulate leukocyte adhesion molecules, whereas both ethanol and polyphenols of red wine may modulate soluble inflammatory mediators in patients at high risk of cardiovascular disease."

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