Researches have shown that in spite of eating foods heavy in fat and cholesterol, the French have lower rates of heart diseases. Their accompaniment of wine in each meal was considered the reason. However, this is now disproved in a study published in JAMA Internal Medicine.
It was believed that a substance called resveratrol present in red wines that might prevent cardiac diseases, contain anti- inflammatory properties and could even prevent cancer as the reason for healthy Frenchmen. However, a subsequent research among 783 Italians (aged between 18 years to 50 years) over 9 years could find no such links.
This surprising new finding should not, however, stop you from enjoying your sparkly glass. A single study is not sufficient to counteract the effects of wine, researchers say. Moreover, it was done only over a period of 9 years, whereas diseases of heart and cancer take decades to develop.
Also, the research looked at the effects of resveratrol in isolation. Other studies have been done on red wine as a whole. So there is a possibility that other nutrients present in the wine decrease the risk of health conditions like prostate cancer, high blood pressure, cardiac arrests and high levels of cholesterol. Also, the lifestyle of the person should be taken into account.
Anything in excess can never be good and the same goes for wine as well. Too much consumption of wine would cause more harm than good. Have in moderation and reap its benefits for long.
Thus, a glass a day would do no harm, and would not be considered an unhealthy lifestyle. However, if your family has a history of breast cancer, it would be better to consult your doctor as connection between alcohol consumption and cancer as been seen. Otherwise, there is nothing wrong with your wine as a part of your dinner.