Saturday, February 13, 2010

Valentine: Heart & Champagne 恭喜發財

For some time since red wine was “discovered” to be good for the heart, it has replaced the top brandies as the drink of choice for the Chinese in Hong Kong and now China. Champagne hardly had a chance. Until now!!!

The Telegraph reported:
Champagne is as good for the heart as cocoa - but more fun, scientists find
By Amy Willis
Published:  14 Dec 200

“In research, which will be published in the British Journal of Nutrition this week, a team led by Dr Jeremy Spencer of Reading University, found that champagne has the same health benefits as previously found in red wine.

“It contains polyphenol antioxidants, which are believed to reduce the effects of cell-damaging free radicals in the body. In particular, these antioxidants slow down the removal of nitric oxide from the blood, lowering blood pressure and therefore reducing the risk of heart problems and strokes.”

The Cockroach Catcher is fond of that fizzy drink they make between Burgundy and Bordeaux. Why has it taken this long for this health benefit to be discovered?

The answer may indeed have been there all along; most champagnes are made with two black grapes and one white one: Pinot Noir, Pinot Meuniur and Chardonnay. The black grapes are the ones with the polyphenols!!!

So pink champagne for Valentine's Day will be good for the heart too.

Also it will be Chinese New Year on February 14, the year of the Tiger: Happy New Year. 


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