Device to measure red wine's antioxidant levels

on 04/10/10 at 11:45 pm

Wine

Polyphenols in wine have been found to have a positive effect on the risk of heart disease, obesity, cancer and even wrinkles.

Squeezed between guidelines on responsible drinking and units, bottles of wine may soon boast a surprising new health notice: this drink is good for you.

Swiss and American researchers have produced a device that performs a simple test to discover which wines contain the most health-giving properties.

Curious as to why French people have healthy hearts despite consuming rich, fatty foods in rich sauces, the scientists found this was partly due to their penchant for a glass or two of red wine. The secret, they said yesterday, is in the polyphenols, antioxidant chemicals in wine that have a positive effect on the rate at which the human body and brain age, and which appear to reduce the risk of heart disease, obesity, cancer and even wrinkles.

Until now, drinkers facing row upon row of wine bottles in their local supermarket or off-licence would not have the faintest idea which bottle contains the most antioxidants.

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