And therein may lie a problem:
"A new study published in JAMA Internal Medicine on the health effects of resveratrol – a compound found in red wine, dark chocolate and some fruits and vegetables – has generated a lot of sensational headlines"
This study claims that there are, in fact, "no health benefits from red wine and chocolate."
[ed: one wonders, then, about the anti-oxidant properties of dark chocolate - are these hype, as well?]
Sounds bleak, no?
Never fear, Dr Manny is here (Dr. Manny Alvarez is FOX News Channel's Senior Managing Editor for Health News; he is also a member of numerous professional societies). The good doctor has a number of qualms about the study:
"... there were many factors omitted in the study. We have limited knowledge of the lifestyle and family histories of these participants. Furthermore, surveys carry a certain degree of inaccuracy, because they rely on the honor system. And the researchers did not measure participants’ resveratrol levels at the end of the nine-year study period to see how these levels might have changed"
Seems like that last bit reflects a major fail on the researchers' part.
On the other hand, Dr Manny is also a bit leary of the purported benefits of resveratrol, and cautions us to be skeptical about some of the claims its proponents make:
"Many Americans may believe that taking a daily pill, like resveratrol, can prevent any number of diseases. That is not how diseases work."
So, is resveratrol a hero or a villain? Well, probably not the latter, but maybe not the former, either.