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.
I may say that red wine and red meat make up a very significant portion of the Robbo diet and the fact of the matter is that my cholesterol is just fine. (I may also say the figo for my cholesterol, because I probably wouldn’t change my practice even if researchers found the opposite to be the case.)
Red wine. Is there nothing it can’t do? Say, how about a little celebratory song:
My jolly fat host with your face all a-grin,
Come, open the door to us, let us come in.
A score of stout fellows who think it no sin
If they toast till they’re hoarse, and drink till they spin,
Hoofed it amain
Rain or no rain,
To crack your old jokes, and your bottle to drain.
Such a warmth in the belly that nectar begets
As soon as his guts with its humour he wets,
The miser his gold, and the student his debts,
And the beggar his rags and his hunger forgets.
For there’s never a wine
Like this tipple of thine
From the great hill of Nuits to the River of Rhine.
Outside you may hear the great gusts as they go
By Foy, by Duerne, and the hills of Lerraulx,
But the rain he may rain, and the wind he may blow,
If the Devil’s above there’s good liquor below.
So it abound,
Pass it around,
Burgundy’s Burgundy all the year round.
- Hilaire Belloc, “Drinking Song, On The Excellence of Burgundy Wine”