Drinking a glass of red wine while eating red meat can counteract the build up of cholesterol following a meal, scientists have found.
Finally there is an excuse to pick a good red wine with your Sunday roast – it can diminish the unhealthy effects of eating red meat.
Scientists have discovered that a glass of red wine can prevent the build up of cholesterol after a meal of dark or red meat.
They found that harmful compounds from the meat would build up in the blood stream of volunteers as they digested a meal, helping to form “bad” cholesterol that can damage blood vessels and increase the risk of heart disease.
The researchers showed, however, that antioxidants in the wine known as polyphenols stopped these compounds from being absorbed in the gut and so they did not get into the blood stream where they can cause harm.
Professor Ron Kohen, from the institute of drug research at the Hebrew University of Jerusalem, said this may help to explain why red wine has frequently been found to reduce the risk of heart disease.