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Thursday, November 30, 2006

More Red Wine 

Not that I've ever really needed an excuse (or a reason) to drink red wine, but mounting evidence that it's good for me is encouraging. Most work thus far has focused on resveratrol, which in extremely high doses makes mice thinner and live longer. Another line of inquiry points to procyanidins, which have protective coronary effects at low enough doses that you might get effect from a glass or two of wine.

Even more interesting is that it seems southern French and Sardinian wines have higher procyanidin content than other regions' barrels. The difference appears to be that wine makers in this region use more 'traditional' methods. The French will no doubt soon be crowing about this, their latest achievement in being The Only Ones Who Know How to Make Wine.

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