New study says red wine, chocolate aren't a health booster

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by KING 5 HealthLInk

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Posted on May 12, 2014 at 5:49 PM

Updated Monday, May 12 at 6:13 PM

Red wine has been hailed as a heart-healthy drink, but a new study, failed to show any benefit.
 
Researchers at Johns Hopkins followed nearly 800 older adults in Italy for 9 years.
 
They found no link between concentrations of the key red wine antioxidant -- called resveratrol -- in the participants' diets and a reduced risk for cancer, heart disease or early death.
 
But outside experts say it's too early to cork your cabernet.

"There are a lot of studies that have really proven its benefits, so I wouldn't necessarily change their whole outlook on their way of eating just yet," said Julia Zumpano, RD - Cleveland Clinic

Resveratrol is also found in grapes and dark chocolate, foods that are included in the Mediterranean diet, which also features plenty of fish, vegetables, nuts and seeds.

Researchers say there may be other compounds in red wine and chocolate that do provide health benefits, just not resveratrol.

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