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  » Medical News Archive  »   Wine Drinkers Are Healthier
By Carly Young, Special to LifeScript
We’ve all heard the studies that link wine to a lower risk of heart disease and cancer. But some researchers attribute these gains not to wine itself, but the overall diet of those who consume the drink. To get to the heart of the matter, Denmark researchers analyzed 3.5 million grocery store transactions from nearly 100 stores. Grocery store patrons were classified as “wine only,? “beer only,? “mixed,? or “non-alcohol.? The results?

° The wine-buyers purchased: Foods associated with the Mediterranean diet, like fruits, veggies, olives, poultry, olive oil, and milk.
° The beer crowd favored: Chips, soda, pork, butter, and frozen food.
Clearly, the winos bought healthier foods than the beer drinkers, which may be why they are healthier overall. Doctors also point out the fact that those who drink wine usually consume only one or two glasses at a time with dinner, while beer is usually consumed with salty and greasy snacks. But at the same time you can’t deny the health benefits of the antioxidants and flavonoids present in red wine. So what to do? Wine can be a healthy addition to your diet, but don’t count on it alone to do the trick. There’s no magic food that can put you on the road to health, rather it’s a combination of your exercise habits and your diet as a whole. So feel free to wine and dine yourself – just make sure that there are plenty of vegetables involved!