We may not have needed yet another excuse to crack open a bottle of wine but we’ve got one anyway, because it turns out the tipple is actually a lot better for your health than you may have thought.
Yep, a new study has found that wine – both red and white – is actually excellent at disinfecting germs. Especially those who cause dental plaque and sore throats.
According to scientists, this is due to organic compounds found in red and white wines as they have been proven to kill 99.9 per cent of dental bacteria and germs that cause sore throats as reported in the study, published in the Journal of Agricultural and Food Chemistry.
‘Several studies suggest that moderate wine consumption has beneficial effects on human health,’ states the study. ‘The antioxidant and antiradical properties, particularly of red wine, attributed mainly to a high polyphenol content, appear to protect against the risk of coronary heart disease and cancer.’
It continued: ‘Our findings seem to indicate that wine can act as an effective antimicrobial agent against the tested pathogenic oral streptococci and might be active in caries and upper respiratory tract pathologies prevention. In conclusion, both red and white wines were proved to exert in vitro antibacterial activity against several oral streptococci.’
As reported by Metro, a previous study from 1988 found that wine had antibacterial properties but this latest study has concluded while there is truth to this, it is the compounds that are responsible for it as opposed to the acidity and alcohol concentration in wine which was previously credited.
So, the next time you pour yourself a glass of Sauvignon Blanc, just remember you’re doing your throat a favour. And if you’re worried about spending a fortune on good wine – because let’s face it, it isn’t cheap – then fear not. We’ve got a genius hack that’ll make your cheap wine taste more expensive.