Sipping Red Wine for Your 'Health'? It's a Myth
Resveratrol's benefits overhyped, researchers say
By Rob Quinn, Newser Staff
Posted May 13, 2014 2:11 AM CDT
Most villagers in the study consumed red wine on a regular basis.   (AP Photo/Luca Bruno)

(Newser) – Researchers still don't know why the red wine-loving French have such low rates of heart disease despite their fatty diet—but they're now pretty sure it doesn't have much to do with an ingredient in the wine. Researchers tracked around 800 Italian villagers over nine years and discovered that their intake of resveratrol, a compound found in red wine and dark chocolate, made no difference at all to their risk of dying or of contracting heart disease or cancer, the BBC reports.

"The thinking was that certain foods are good for you because they contain resveratrol. We didn't find that at all," the lead researcher says. "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." Other studies have linked resveratrol to longevity and reduced levels of disease, but only when it is consumed in amounts much greater than that found in people's diets, the Los Angeles Times notes.

View 1 more image
More From Newser
My Take on This Story
To report an error on this story,
notify our editors.
Red Wine Health Benefits 'a Myth' is...
Show results without voting
You Might Like
Showing 3 of 33 comments
May 14, 2014 8:39 AM CDT
Smoking cigarettes is actually good for you!!!
Sam the Sham
May 14, 2014 6:28 AM CDT
These "waffle" studies are why so many don't believe in global warming. Too many who claim to be scientists develop conclusions which are polar opposite. It's hard to trust science when one hand doesn't believe the other.
May 13, 2014 9:38 PM CDT
Coming next week : Recent studies reveal that France ranks number one globally in deaths from Cancer, Heart Attacks, Strokes and Athlete's Foot. Trust science to lead the way!