Wine bacteria may have probiotic benefits
Bacteria in wine could have some of the same probiotic benefits often attributed to yogurt, according to a team of Spanish researchers. They found that the bacteria were able to survive in the human gastrointestinal system and are able to stick to the walls of a human intestime,
The probiotic properties of the lactic-acid bacteria isolated from wine are similar to those of probiotics that come from foods like dairy products such as fermented milk or yogurt and dry sausages.
The down side is that these benefits may not be gained by drinking a few glasses of wine a day because some probiotic properties are lost during the process of preserving wine. The potential, say the researchers, could be in isolating the bacteria in wine and using it for probiotic purposes.
The study will be published in the December issue of the journal Food Microbiology.