Friday, December 18, 2009

Champagne: It's Good for You!

There’s a potentially severe snowstorm heading towards the east coast this weekend, which provides the perfect excuse for locking the door, cranking up the heat, lining up a bunch of movies to watch...and celebrating the break from the routine with a bottle of bubbly.

Precious few treats in life are quite as charming as opening a bottle of Champagne for absolutely no reason at all. And I honestly can’t think of a better reason to pop the cork on a bottle than being forced to stay in the entire day.

If, however, you’re one of those people who feels bad about a bit of luxury for no reason at all, then here’s your excuse to find some fizz this weekend: Champagne is good for you.


“British academics have found that champagne is packed with polyphenols - plant chemicals thought to widen the blood vessels, easing the strain on your heart and brain,” reported British newspaper The Daily Mail.

The article continued: “And researchers believe the health benefits aren't limited to the expensive stuff but are also found in cheaper alternatives such as cava and prosecco.”

Fans of fizzy have always known that a glass or two relaxes them. But now, we finally have scientific proof that it does more than that, benefiting you on levels that are not immediately felt.

So whether you pour yourself and your snowbound companions glasses from one of the great Champagne houses, or something a bit simpler and less money, the point is clear: We all have something to celebrate this weekend...regardless of the weather forecast.

I’ll raise a glass to that.


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