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  1. Ray Ydoyaga
    March 1, 2010 @ 10:13 pm

    Hi Susan,
    While I am very big believer and fan of your book and dietary advice, I take issue with your stance against wine. There seems to be plenty of compelling evidence that red wine contains properties other than Resveratrol that are beneficial, as long as that consumption is moderate. For example, from the Zutphen Study…
    ORLANDO, Fla., Feb. 28 2007 — Drinking a little alcohol every day, especially wine, may be associated with an increase in life expectancy. That?s the conclusion of Dutch researchers who reported the findings of their study today at the American Heart Association?s 47th Annual Conference on Cardiovascular Disease Epidemiology and Prevention.
    When the researchers looked independently at wine consumption, the associated risk reduction was greater. Participants who drank on average half a glass, or 1.5 ounces, of wine per day, over a long period, had a 40 percent lower rate of all-cause death and a 48 percent lower incidence of cardiovascular death, compared to the non-wine drinkers.
    Researchers said life expectancy was 3.8 years higher in those men who drank wine compared to those who did not drink alcoholic beverages. Life expectancy of wine users was more than two years longer than users of other alcoholic beverages. Men with a long-term alcohol intake less than or equal to 20 grams per day had a 1.6-year-higher life expectancy, compared to those who consumed no alcohol.

    Also, in another study, other components of wine were analyzed that seem to lead to other benefits:

    And The Mayo Clinic also talks about the benefits of moderate wine consumption:

    Thanks, and i do love your blog.


  2. Susan Dopart
    March 2, 2010 @ 5:05 am

    Hi Ray:

    Thank you for your comments. This blog was not really speaking to the benefits of red wine – rather to whether you would get the benefit of resveratrol from red wine (and supplements). Yes, many benefits to red wine in certain populations (as with the studies you mention) – more in men than women and more in those without insulin resistance than those with it.

    Recommendations and studies all apply to specific situations and individuals so hopefully that will clarify my thoughts. Always appreciate you reading and your kind words.




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