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Wine with Rich Food Doesn’t Hamper Digestion
Here is a good news for wine drinkers across the globe. Drinking wine with platters of rich foods will not increase the risk of indigestion. According to a new research, while drinking indeed slows down the digestion process of a rich meal, it does not cause heartburn, belching or bloating.
Experts at the University Hospital of Zurich set out to investigate the effect of alcohol on the digestive system when rich, high-calorie foods are consumed. They studied 20 people who either drank 300ml of white wine or black tea with a Swiss cheese fondue.
Ninety minutes later, the participants were randomly given either 20ml of cherry liquor or water.
While the research focused on fondue, the findings "can be generalized to address the wider issue of alcohol's effects on digestion and digestive comfort after any large, rich meal of the kind we all enjoy over the festive season", the researchers said.
The results showed digestion was much slower in the group which drank alcohol with their fondue, and those who drank the most alcohol (the wine and liquor) had the slowest digestion overall.
However, the researchers found no evidence that alcohol caused an increase in indigestion problems like heartburn, belching or bloating.