Who Knew Something So Good,
Could Be Good For You?
Almost 20 years ago, for those of us old
enough to remember, 60 minutes reported on the health benefits of consuming red wine in
"60 minutes" dubbed the story
The French Paradox. The story line went something like this:
"The French have one of the highest
overall smoking rates of any country, they consume more saturated fats, such as milk,
cheese, and butter, than any other culture and yet they have the lowest rate of coronary
related deaths. The French are also a culture that regularly consumes a glass or two of
red wine with meals every day; could there be a beneficial casual relationship?"
Ever since that report, researchers and
medical health professionals on both sides of the pond, have continued to report that
moderate consumption of wine has healthy lifestyle implications, for most people.
Of course they all throw in the proverbial
caveats of checking with your Doctor to make sure your body can tolerate reasonable
amounts of alcohol. Any alcohol consumption is counter-indicated for individuals who are
prone to alcoholism, diabetes, or have liver problems.