lunedì 12 maggio 2014

Chocolate, red wine don't protect from cancer, heart disease

'No health benefits' says Johns Hopkins University report

(ANSA) - Rome, May 12 - Chocolate and red wine do not boost health and protect from heart disease and cancer, a team from the Johns Hopkins University said in a recent JAMA Internal Medicine report that contradicts a raft of high-profile studies.

Contrary to the earlier research findings, Johns Hopkins School of Medicine researchers found that resveratrol, the key anti-oxidant found in red wine, grapes and chocolate, does not offer the health benefits previously attributed to it, such as limiting the spread of cancer cells and making it more difficult for platelets to form clots. Researchers surveyed approximately 800 Italian men, over the age of 65, from Chianti, Tuscany, an area rich in quality red wine and, thus, resveratrol. Results showed that the consumption of red wine offered no noticeable protection against heart disease and cancer.

These findings are in glaring disaccord with the "French Paradox", a term coined by French scientist Serge Renaud in 1991, based on Renaud's observations of an apparent disconnect between French dietary patterns of high saturated fat consumption and low rates of cardiovascular disease. The "French Paradox" has dominated research in this field for more than 20 years. More research is needed, researchers said. 

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