Drinking your way to old age

It’s well known that the French guzzle loads of cheese but they suffer less coronary heart disease than the British. It’s called the French paradox and one possible explanation for it is that the French also drink lots of red wine.

This explanation is highly debatable, but let’s assume that it’s correct for the sake of this article.

The active ingredient that is supposed to confer this resistance to heart disease isn’t alcohol (although moderate drinkers of any alcoholic drink suffer fewer heart attacks than teetotallers). It’s a chemical called resveratrol, which is found in the skin of grapes, and evidence suggests that it’s a miracle chemical that provides protection against heart disease and cancer too.

The easiest and most pleasant way to get your daily dose of resveratrol is to drink a glass of red wine a day. Not more than one glass, you understand. That would be quite wrong.

But I wondered how many grapes you would have to eat to get the same dose.

It turns out that a glass of wine contains around 100 grapes. So, to get the same benefit as drinking a glass a day, you would have to eat 100 grapes every day, which is probably impossible.

Which leaves me with only one solution. Pass the bottle, please.

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