Wednesday, November 25, 2009
Leave it to the Basques... Been wondering if there is any good news in the world? Wonder no more. Just in time for the Thanksgiving dinner comes new evidence - from the Basque region of Spain - that alcohol, wine, beer, whatever, in moderate daily amounts is good for the heart. As the Independent reported: "The results showed that those who drank a little – a glass of wine or a bottle of beer every other day – had a 35 per cent lower risk of a heart attack than those who never drank. Moderate drinkers, consuming up to a couple of glasses of wine a day or a couple of pints of ordinary bitter, had a 54 per cent lower risk." As anyone knows who has traveled in the Basque region straddling the Spanish and French border along the Pyrenees, the Basques are great cooks and informed imbibers. The hospitality is legendary. British scientists, of course, discounted the study, but what do they know. A glass of good red wine and a few tasty tapas in a bar in San Sebastian or Bilbao may just be one of the most civilized and stress reducing activities I can think of. Talk about good for the heart. Toast the Basques. They know how to live. I personally think the study is brilliant. Happy Thanksgiving.