A Glass a Day Keeps More Away
Dru Vaughn said he likes a glass of wine here and there.
"It's a very great feeling with friends and family around, having some wine with a great dinner," Vaughn said.
"We tested a variety of red wines against four commonly occuring food-borne pathogens, bacteria that can cause food borne illnesses such as e-coli and salmonela," said Azlin Mustapha, an MU Food Science professor. "We found that red wines are very inhibitory towards these bacteria."
Chemicals in red wine kill bacteria, but white wine does not.
"We believe this is attributed to the fact that there are a lot of chemicals, called phyto-chemical compounds, that are present in the skin of the grape that is used to make the wines and the skin is usually removed during the manufacture of white wine," Mustapha said.
Researchers said red wines such as merlot, cabernet, and zinfandel are especially beneficial. Despite the health benefits, researchers warn it's important to drink moderately.
"I would not go out and keep drinking alcohol, you know red wine, to the maximum, but the recommended consumption of wine is one glass of wine, which is about four ounces, for women, and two glasses for men per day," Mustapha said.
Dru Vaughn said he sees another benefit.
"People are more health conscious now than they've ever been," he said. "It will definitely help the industry."
That appeal may attract more health conscious people to drink to their health.