Wine and chocolate are tasty, but won't help you live longer

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Drink red wine and eat chocolate for fun, but don't expect it to improve your health, a new study says.

Researchers from Johns Hopkins University in Baltimore looked at data from a study involving 783 elderly men and women who lived in two villages in the Chianti Region of Italy between 1998 and 2009.

They wanted to see if resveratrol, the compound found in red wine, chocolate and grapes that's been credited with better heart health, actually has the health benefits its been credited with.

The researchers used urine tests to look for resveratrol levels.

During nine years of follow-up, 268 participants died. Of those who were free of cardiovascular disease, 27.2% developed it during the follow-up, while 4.6% those who were cancer-free in 1998 developed cancer.

The researchers found there was "no association between urinary resveratrol metabolites and longevity" and resveratrol "does not have a substantial influence on inflammation, cardiovascular disease, cancer, or longevity."

The study has been published in the Journal of the American Medical Association Internal Medicine.


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