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This week’s news: There might be a reason not to drink red wine. Meat producers are removing the drugs, and two studies adopt an attitude of glass-half-full towards milk drinking.

Time to Switch to White?
If you’re drinking red wine to reap the health benefits, you might need to devise a new reason. study published in the Journal of Applied Physiology, Nutrition, and Metabolism has put the argument that resveratrol, a chemical found in the skin of red grapes and offered as a supplement, can enhance the benefits of exercise. Researchers involved in the study found that, on the contrary, it could hinder the beneficial effects of exercise. The study revealed that people taking placebos showed more significant advantages from practice than those taking a resveratrol supplement. The study’s lead researcher, Brendon Gurd, of Queen’s University in Canada, has said, “The data … clearly demonstrates that RSV supplementation doesn’t augment training, but may impair the effect it has on the body.” Bummer.

Antibiotics on the Way Out at the Meat Market
In the past, it was reported that the Food and Drug Administration urged meat producers to stop using antibiotics to encourage expansion in livestock because of concerns over antibiotic-resistant bacteria. In response to the consumers’ demands, meat firms may end the practice sooner than anticipated. Some companies, like the poultry business Perdue Farms Inc., insist their farmers raise their animals without antibiotics. “We are seeing companies come to the table because of public pressure in a way they haven’t before,” Susan Vaughn Grooters, of the animal welfare, health, and environmental alliance Keep Antibiotics Working, told the Wall Street Journal, saying to the report that FDA has been “being outpaced … by the industry.” One Kentucky farmer who is now raising antibiotics-free chickens for Perdue says, “Everyone wants a healthier lifestyle. That is basically what it boils down to.”

Got Milk? Get … Confused
Dairy products and milk are well-known sources of calcium, protein, and vitamins D and A, but two recent studies about their health benefits have caused an effervescence. A large study published by the BMJ (formerly The British Medical Journal) identified a link between drinking a lot of milk and higher mortality rates for males and females and higher fracture rates for women. Still, researchers suggest “a cautious interpretation of the results.” An additional study released in the British Journal of Cancer discovered that those who are lactose intolerant, which means they consume fewer dairy products and milk, were at a lower risk of developing breast, lung, and Ovarian cancers. “The decreased risks were not found in their family members,” researchers write, “suggesting that the protective effects against these cancers may be related to their specific dietary pattern.” (Gulp.).) This study also cautions that we “interpret these results with caution.” Then again … the problem is that it’s a challenge to decide what to consume … or think.

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