Grab a corkscrew.
A new study shows that people who drink red wine enjoy better gut health and lower levels of obesity than non red wine drinkers.
Researchers at King’s College London found that people who drank red wine had an increased gut microbiota diversity (a sign of gut health) as well as an association with lower levels of obesity and ‘bad’ cholesterol.
In a paper published in the journal Gastroenterology, a team from the Department of Twin Research & Genetic Epidemiology, King’s College London explored the effect of beer, cider, red wine, white wine and spirits on the gut microbiome (GM) and subsequent health in 916 UK female twins.
Turns out, the GM of people who enjoyed a glass of red wine every now and then was more diverse compared to those who abstained. This benefit was not observed in people who choose white wine, beer or spirits on a night out.
‘Everything in moderation’
The authors believe the polyphenols in red wine act as a fuel for the microbes in our system.
Despite all the exciting health benefits, the advice is still to enjoy your red wine in moderation:
“Although we observed an association between red wine consumption and the gut microbiota diversity, drinking red wine rarely, such as once every two weeks, seems to be enough to observe an effect.” explained study author, Dr Caroline Le Roy.
“If you must choose one alcoholic drink today, red wine is the one to pick as it seems to potentially exert a beneficial effect on you and your gut microbes, which in turn may also help weight and risk of heart disease.”