We’ve long been proponents of the ‘a little of what you fancy does you good’ school of thought, so the latest major study, reaching us courtesy of Spanish boffins, makes us very happy indeed.
Scientists studied the digestive tracts of red wine drinkers for 20 days and found that a daily tipple helped boost good bacteria in the digestive tract, leading to a host of health benefits.
The study, published in the American Journal of Clinical Nutrition, shows that the antioxidants found in red wine can actually shift the balance of bacteria in your digestive tract so that there is more good bacteria
The star antioxidants are called polyphenols, which are difficult for the human body to absorb and therefore hang around in the digestive tract for longer, providing food for good bacteria.
As if this wasn’t brilliant enough, the good bacteria also seems to boost metabolism, leaving the body better prepared to burn fat faster.
What are we waiting for, where’s the cork screw?