Last night I watched a 60 minutes story about scientists that managed to put Resveratrol in a pill.
My first thought was, this is great! Another story about the benefits of drinking red wine. I recalled that a 60 minutes show 17 years ago titled The French Paradox, set off a steady upward trend in wine consumption, I thought, this must be a good story for wineries.
The French Paradox, the apparent French health, longevity and lower rate of heart diseases, despite a diet reach in butter and meat, was attributed to regular consumption of red wine. One particular ingredient in red wine, Resveratrol, was identified as the magic ingredient. The race was on to put it in the al- American convenient package, the pill.
Now the scientists would have you believe that you would need to drink thousands of bottles of wine a DAY, to match the benefits of one pill. Hmmm, I wonder how the French manage that?
Of course, any reminder that wine consumption, in moderation, is good for you, is a good thing. I’ll take that. Especially since the government makes you put the opposite claim on a label.
I do have a little problem with a pill, though.
One can’t swirl and sniff a pill, you can not enjoy a pill’s aroma, flavors, body and mouth feel, nor can you admire it’s legs as it goes down and settles at the bottom of a glass after each sip. A pill, can’t make you appreciate the company of others as well as a good glass of wine can. Well at least not that pill, unless there are other ‘active ingredients’
So, take your wine in a Pill if you think it may make you live longer, however, wine in a glass will make you live happier!