Tuesday, November 2, 2010

Wine and Health: More Good News

As if wine drinkers hadn't heard quite enough good news regarding health and their favorite tipple, Southern California's KPSP 2 just ran a story reporting on a new study that seems to indicate that moderate consumption of wine by women can actually help keep the pounds off.

"According to new research out of Brighton and Women's Hospital in Boston, a teaching affiliate of Harvard, women who drink red wine in moderation can lose weight," the story reports.

"For 13 years," it continues, "researchers put 20,000 normal weight women to the test. They found out that women who drank a glass or two of red wine each day, were less likely to gain weight, than non-drinkers. Apparently, that's because red wine may prevent the development of fat cells. And according to other studies, alcohol in general speeds up a woman's metabolism and helps burn calories."

This doesn’t mean, of course, that women should start downing bottle after bottle this holiday season, but it should give comfort to those who always felt guilty about indulging a bit this time of year. And now it turns out that that extra glass of red at the office holiday party could actually help counteract the effects of all that extra snacking. It's good news all around.


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