Not trying to put a dampener on peoples love affair with red wine, nor am I trying to suggest the odd glass of red wine does you any harm...but recent research posted on the BBC News Health site has suggested that the red stuff may not be as good for you as first thought (at least not for the reasons they initially thought)! The stumbling block seems to stem from the resveratrol content in red wine, this is an antioxidant molecule found mostly in the skins of red grapes. Notably, a study performed on 800 villagers from the Chianti region showed little evidence that resveratrol stops heart disease. This doesn’t mean to say it doesn’t help, but there just isn’t enough evidence to say it does or it doesn’t either way. More research must be completed on resveratrol in order to shed more light, and interestingly the British Heart Foundation are reportedly carrying out their own research on resveratrol. Let's see what the consensus of opinion is in due course.
Source BBC News Health, (2014). Red wine health benefits ‘overhyped’. Retrieved 15th May, 2014, from http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/health-27371546