JC (NC) wrote:I'm surprised by the number of women who would still finish the glass of wine. Looks like I'm in the minority here even in my own gender.
may shed some additional light on this issue. In short, wine's anti-bacterial effects almost certainly neutralize any germs that the insect brings to the party. It's certainly legitimate to shun the afflicted glass if you feel squeamish, but as a medical matter, it's reasonably safe to assume that the wine will disinfect the critter.
Wine industry trumpets anti-bacteria research
May 7, 1996
Web posted at: 8:15 p.m. EDT
From Correspondent Eugenia Halsey
WASHINGTON (CNN) -- The purported health benefits of wine are once again being touted by the industry claiming the Greek god Bacchus among its founders.
Wine makers have touted studies linking wine with good cardiovascular health. Now the industry is hailing a study of wine's ability to kill harmful bacteria contained in food.
Dr. Martin Weisse of West Virginia University has conducted research suggesting one to two glasses of wine with your meals may help prevent food poisoning, dysentery, and so-called traveler's diarrhea. (153K AIFF sound or 153K WAV sound)
Weisse's research, published last year in the British Medical Journal, showed both red and white wine to be more effective at wiping out bacteria than other types of alcohol, or even Pepto Bismol.
Weisse thinks there is a compound in wine released during fermentation that kills bacteria such as E. coli, salmonella, and shigella.
In anecdotal support of his research, Weisse notes people in ancient times frequently drank wine as a digestive aid.
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