Is Red Wine Really Good for Your Health?

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Do you drink red wine? An occasional glass should only provide benefits, according to many. But how true is this?

A study done in 2006 showed that drinking red wine and eating dark chocolate can prevent heart disease. Experiments done on mice showed that those who consumed grape skins, chocolate, and berries lived twice as long compared to those who didn’t eat the same.

But lately, scientists are not so sure about the health benefits of red wine. An article published on BBC in 2014 reflects on the study done by Professor Richard Semba of the Johns Hopkins University of Medicine who, along with his colleagues, found no evidence that supports the alleged benefits of red wine.

“The thinking was that certain foods are good for you because they contain resveratrol. We didn’t find that at all,” the outlet quoted Semba. “The story of resveratrol turns out to be another case where you get a lot of hype about health benefits that doesn’t stand the test of time.”

While red wine may not directly be responsible for improving your health, you don’t need to be afraid of it, either. Moderate consumption of anything you really love can only have positive effects on your physical and mental health.