We've all heard that a piece of dark chocolate or a glass of red wine is actually healthy for us because they both contain a polyphenol known as resveratrol, which is considered to have antioxidant, anti-inflammatory, and anticancer effects. In fact, we've all probably used this as an excuse when indulging after a long day at work. However, new research , published by JAMA Internal Medicine, suggests that this common belief might not be true, after all.
Researchers studied 700 elderly people in Chianti, Italy who included red wine in their diets and over the course of 9 years, they took regular urine samples to test the levels of resveratrol in their systems. During the 9-year study, 268 of the people died. After controlling for factors like gender and age, they determined that the levels of reverstrol made no difference when it came to preventing heart disease, inflammation, or cancer, or why these people died.
At least we are still getting the antioxidants?