Blueberry wine to the rescue

A couple of weeks ago, we were excited to report that coffee consumption helps protect drinkers against acquiring type 2 diabetes. In the same article we mentioned that the UConn scientist responsible for promoting the beneficial effects of resveratrol which is found in red wine was recently accused of fraud and has had many of his publications recalled from prestigious scientific journals.

However, a recent study out of the University of Florida is once again providing us with a reason to rejoice over our alcohol consumption (I knew that it wouldn’t take long!). According to the University, researchers with UF’s Institute of Food and Agricultural Sciences have shown that Blueberry wine contain more antioxidants than white wines and many red wines.

The researchers found the Florida wine, produced from southern highbush blueberries, had more antioxidants than all of the reported white wine values and all but 20 percent of the reported values for red wines, which are considered high in antioxidants.

According to study author Wade Yang, a food science and human nutrition assistant professor with IFAS, “for people seeking the potential health benefits of a glass of wine, blueberry wine is a comparable, and, in many instances, better alternative to grape wines.”

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