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Make up Your Freakin' Minds, Researchers!
Posted by Zack Jenkins

Is wine good for me or not?!

A recent study by Harvard University and Brigham and Women's Hospital in Boston found that women who drink just two glasses of wine a day are 50% more likely to get breast cancer than those that don't drink at all. And even if they have one glass, they're still 15% more likely to develop breast cancer. The study also indicates one in eight women will be diagnosed with breast cancer. But wait, wasn't wine supposed to be good for your heart?!

Literally hundreds of studies have been done on red wine and resveratrol, and the general presumption is that the alcohol and antioxidants help increase the levels of "good" cholesterol in the heart and brain and prevent artery damage.

So wait a minute, let's get this straight. If you drink a glass of wine a day (or even a couple times a week) you reduce your risk of heart issues, but you're more likely to develop tumors in your breast. This just seems like a no-win situation and I'm not sure how I feel about it.

Let THE TASTING PANEL know your thoughts and feelings about the health issues surrounding moderate alcohol consumption. It's something that doctors on all sides of the argument are reticent to hand out advice on.

But until then, I'm going to keep enjoying my reds. I've got more of a history of heart related issues in my family than of breast cancer. What about you?

Categories: Wine

Posted by Zack Jenkins on November 16, 2011 04:05 pm | Permalink 

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