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Red Wine: Good. White Wine: Bad. 2004-10-28

Posted by clype in Health, Science.

Spanish scientists find that drinking red wine could protect against lung cancer, but white wine may increase the risk.

Researchers from the University of Santiago de Compostela found that the tannins and resveratrol in red wine have anti-cancer properties. The increased risk from drinking white wine was because of the alcohol it contains.

They say all wine contains alcohol, which is a gene mutator, but in red wine the anti-lung cancer benefits outweigh possible gene damage from the alcohol, informs Xinhua.

According to Food Ingredients First, ros´┐Ż wine makes no difference and white wine even seems to have the opposite effect, the study finds. Neither beer nor spirits seem to affect the development of cancer.

The researchers, put the beneficial effects of red wine down to the presence of tannins, which have antioxidant properties. Resveratrol found in red wine has also been shown to stifle tumour development and growth in experimental research, they say.

Beer and spirits appeared to have no effect, the researchers, from the University of Santiago de Compostela, told the medical journal “Thorax”.

But Prof.Andrew Peacock, of the British Thoracic Society, said:

‘Smoking is the number one cause of lung cancer so the best way to reduce your risk of developing the disease is to throw away the cigarettes’, reports This is London.


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