Wine Vs. Milk
Date: Around 1993
Is it true that a glass of wine is more beneficial to your health
than a glass of milk?
For children under 8 (or so) no way. The liver and blood-brain
barrier - millions of special cells surrounding brain capillaries - are not
fully formed and might not limit damage as in an adult. A glass of wine is
also too large of a dose for youngsters. For an adult, a glass of wine in the
late afternoon with food is considered beneficial, if one can indeed limit
themselves to that amount and be allowed to "relax" (no driving or heavy
equipment operation). However, a 55 year old woman with naturally low blood
cholesterol and triglycerides, might benefit more from milk if osteoporosis is
becoming a problem for her. There are many individual differences in
metabolism between people so it becomes difficult to make blanket statements.
Also to consider: Milk provides lactose, a sugar which requires
a special enzyme, lactase, in order to be digested. The World Health
Organization has found that 70% of people above the age of 12 lose the ability
to produce lactase, and so cannot adequately digest the lactose in milk. As a
result, the sugar remains intact and reaches the lower intestine, where
residing bacterial flora use it as food. However, lots of gas is produced,
leading to bloating and other GI disturbances.
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