Is Wine Good or Bad For You?
For countries like France, Spain and Italy, wine is a staple beverage.
In contrast, Americans consume very little wine, and a great number
believe that wine is bad for your health.
government deliberation, it has been conceded that alcohol in moderation
can be beneficial to a healthy lifestyle. The official recognition
comes after long years of scientific research.
should be given to the so-called French Paradox, the classic medical
study of the early '90s that first touted wine as a health aid.
The study noted that while Frenchmen eat an unhealthy, high-fat
diet, they have an unexpectedly low incidence of coronary disease.
The scientists concluded that one factor in this health anomaly
is the French peopleís consumption of wine, particularly red, which
helped clean their arteries of harmful fatty compounds. After the
well-known "60 Minutes" segment on the subject in November 1991,
wine consumption in the U.S. shot up immediately.
other medical studies have linked wine drinking with everything
from longer life expectancy to lower incidence of strokes, cancer
and arthritis. Wine is also credited with ongoing health benefits,
like helping digestion and reducing stress.
and Heart Disease
January 4, 1996, the U.S. Department of Agriculture released a statement
confirming that moderate alcohol consumption is "associated
with a lower risk for coronary heart disease."
February 5, 1999, the U.S. federal government approved changes allowing
winemakers to publish the connection between drinking wine and better
health on their wine labels. As reported, the U.S. Treasury Departmentís
Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco and Firearms, which controls many aspects
of the wine industry, allows wine makers to carry a non-specific
reference to the "health effects" of wine on their labels,
based on studies in recent years, suggesting that moderate drinking
can lower the risk of coronary heart disease in some individuals.