A study conducted by the University of Missouri suggests red wine helps fight off food poisoning and a virus linked to stomach ulcers.
In the study researchers wanted to find if red wine had additional health benefits beyond the positive cardiovascular findings of previous studies. The Missouri scientists found that red wine helps fight E coli, Salmonella and Listeria, all common food poisoning pathogens. The study also suggests red wine helps prevent the spread of Helicobacter pylori, which causes stomach ulcers.
The researchers said that the alcohol in red wine plays a role, as does acidity.
The compound resveratrol, which is found in red grape skins, is also believed to play a part because white wine did not have the same impact of food borne illness pathogens.