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Wednesday, November 14, 2007

Red wine blasts bad bacteria

Researchers at the University of Missouri have determined that Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot, Pinot Noir, Zinfandel and Syrah wines help kill harmful bacteria but don't harm helpful, probiotic strains that do such things as aid digestion.

Laboratory tests found that drier red wines had a strong inhibitory effect on E. coli and salmonella, and smaller but noticeable effect on Listeria. Softer wines such as Tempranillo and Grenache had little effect on bacteria, and cherry wine was found to have none at all.

It is unknown if wines have the same effect on bacteria in the human body as they do in the lab, but one of the researchers noted that there is anecdotal evidence that red wine is useful in preventing things like traveler's diarrhea.
M. Zane Grey, 7:14 AM