Turns out when it comes to your teeth, there are worse things you could do than sip on a tipple of red wine, according to new research.
The findings, published in the Journal of Agricultural and Food Chemistry, revealed that red wine contains a compound referred to as polyphenols that are beneficial to oral health.
These polyphenols appear to help inhibit the growth of bacteria in the mouth (ew), which in turn can help prevent gum disease and tooth decay. The scientists compared drinking red wine to taking grape seed and red wine extract as a supplement, and found that red wine did a better job overall. The researchers say that this could lead to new developments in dental treatment.
Another compound in red wine that is meant to do great things for us is resveratrol. Also found in dark chocolate, resveratrol is being studied for its ability to slow the ageing process. Resveratrol is also the compound in red wine associated with increased fertility, and helping combat symptoms of polycystic ovarian syndrome.
Researchers in all instances are eager to stress that in no way do they recommend increasing one’s intake of red wine in the hopes of attaining these benefits, because excessive alcohol consumption is also not good for your health.
However, there do seem to be some perks that come from enjoying red wine in moderation.
Recovering caffeine-addict and serial bruncher Eliza Murray feels most at home typing away in a cozy cafe with her re-mortgaged avocado toast nearby. When she isn't reporting on the latest Instagram-shattering glittery food trends, she can be found experimenting with new gin garnishes (hello strawberries!) or biting into an entire wheel of brie (no shame). She tweets @theothereliza