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Another health benefit of wine: A deterrent of food poisoning

We all know that wine has many health benefits (in moderation). It’s long been known that red wine can be good for the heart. But apparently, it’s also an effective remedy against food poisoning.

According to research, first reported in October 2007, conducted at the University of Missouri, red wine “appears to act as a natural anti-microbial in our intestinal tract.” The wines that exhibit this most strongly: Cabernet, Zinfandel, and Merlot.

Red grape juice produced similar results but this was not found in white wine.

Unfortunately, after eating some falafel last week at a falafel stand on Rehov Bezalel in Jerusalem, I came down with a horrible case of food poisoning over Shabbat which – while improved from the situation over the weekend – has still not completely disappeared. I haven’t tried the wine yet (and, opened up a bottle of white wine over Shabbat – which I couldn’t drink due to the poisoning) but I think a glass is worth a try.

  • Yoni

    My schwarma tasted funny yesterday, so I cracked open a bottle of Cabernet and had a glass. So far so good.

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