March 2, 2017
It’s the news we’ve all been waiting for: wine and chocolate does, in fact, provide anti-aging benefits!
Let the masses rejoice.
The results from studies proving the connection between a compound in grapes and cocoa (the main ingredients in wine and chocolate, respectively) had been hotly debated, but Harvard Medical School researchers recently put the controversy to rest.
The compound, called resveratrol, could help slow the aging process in the same way that it protects grapes and cocoa living in rough environments, like excessive ultraviolet light, infections and climate changes. Resveratrol has also been linked to protection against obesity and diabetes, a reduced risk for blood clotting and a way to lower “bad” LDL cholesterol.
Controversy arose after a University of Connecticut researcher was accused of fabricating the studies he used to show resveratrol’s benefits because some thought the results were too positive. The recent Harvard study, however, showed the same results.
And while it’s great news that wine and chocolate are two items that happen to contain the compound, obviously consuming too much of either will likely negate any benefits. Moderation, or simply choosing more healthy alternatives than an alcoholic beverage or a sugar-infused candy bar, would be a better choice.