Thursday, September 4, 2008

Bottoms Up

Taking a sip of red wine with a bite of red meat is a carnivore's dream come true. And now a team of Israeli scientists say the stomach likes the pairing as much as the mouth. In a report published in the Journal of Agricultural Food Chemistry, they found that red wine helps the stomach remove potentially harmful substances found in red meats, which are released during digestion, before the chemicals can do the body harm.

And, the researchers say, this same process is also likely to happen with the digestion of other foods that contain the damaging compounds, called lipid hydroperoxides (LOOH) and malonaldehydes (MDA), such as fried, processed foods and products manufactured for long-term storage.

Here's a toast to more good red wine news!