We see conflicting studies on food all over the Internet — one day, chocolate's good for you, and the next, chocolate's killing you. But in terms of red wine, it seems, people are pretty much in agreement: a glass a day is perfectly fine — in fact, it might actually have some benefits.
According to a new study in Alzheimer's & Dementia, drinking a glass of red wine every day can help keep your brain healthy down the road for as many as seven and a half extra years.
Researchers at the Rush University Medical Center designed a diet called MIND, described as a hybrid of the Mediterranean diet and the DASH diet, to help with cognitive function.
The diet consists of plenty of whole grains, leafy greens, other vegetables, beans, nuts, the occasional chicken and fish meal, and, to wash it all down, a glass of wine.
They looked at 960 adults with an average age of around 80 over the course of about five years, and found that those that followed the diet most closely had slower mental decline than those who were the furthest away from the diet’s recommendations.
While clearly this study only shows correlation and not causation, we'll still take it as an excuse to hunker down with a glass of the good stuff whenever we feel like it.