Finally, some good news from the world of science!
Next time you put in some hard graft at the gym, don't feel too bad about rewarding yourself with a cheeky glass of vino afterwards. Apparently drinking wine moderately on a daily basis can really help our heart health… if we pair it with a regular exercise routine.
A study published by the European Society of Cardiology charted the effects of wine on cholesterol levels by getting participants to drink 1 – 2 glasses of wine five times a week for a year. Diet and physical activity were also tracked.
The trial, called "In Vino Veritas" (we see what they did there) showed that those who drank as well as exercised at least twice a week showed a big improvement in cholesterol levels, and an increase in HDL, the heart-healthy cholesterol.
Half of those studied drank pinot noir, while others enjoyed a chardonnay-pinot blend. Both were from the same year and region of the Czech Republic, but the study showed that the type of wine did not change the results.
Spinning with a side of Sauvignon Blanc… sounds like a win-win situation… if we could just leave out the spinning part!