Now here’s a study we can really get behind: Red wine is good for your gut. Apparently it can help promote the growth of healthy bacteria in our stomachs and digestive system, which can have all sorts of health benefits. We’re just delighted to learn that boozing it up, once again, can actually be good for us. Because, really, is there anything more lovely than a glass of wine at the end of the day?
A group of Spanish scientists are helping us justify this. They recruited 10 male participants (um, where were the women, guys?) to drink. During the first 20-day period, participants were given 9 ounces of Merlot a day. In the second 20 days, they were given 9 ounces of low-alcohol red wine. And the last 20 days, they drank 3 ounces of gin each day.
At the end of the study, those men who consumed the Merlot and low-alcohol red wine showed an increase in the amount of good bacteria in their gut and intestines–something that helps the body digest food and regulate our immune system.
The scientists theorize that this was due to the polyphenols found in the red wine, which are those amazing plant-based compounds that have been touted for their anti-oxidant properties. Other foods like blueberries, raspberries, kale and broccoli also have high amounts of polyphenols, but somehow, a glass of red wine sounds a whole lot more appealing than a bowl of kale.
Who’s with me on that?