This Christmas don’t skip that wine and cheese!

By Rahul Vaimal, Associate Editor
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It’s the eve of Christmas! So here’s something to cheer up all those lovers of wine and cheese out there.

A study published in the Journal of Alzheimer’s disease in November 2020 found that responsible consumption of wine and cheese can help protect the functioning of the brain as you age. Many people celebrate Christmas with wine and cheese as an essential part of the festivities. People have it to warm up on Christmas eve and even on Christmas Day.

Healthy celebration

Dietary survey results and cognitive test findings from 1,500 adults in the UK were collected and analyzed over a span of 10 years as part of the study. Cheese has been found to be one of the most protective foods, while red wine improves brain function.

Willette, Assistant Professor, said he was pleasantly surprised by the outcome that shows that consuming wine and cheese responsibly can be beneficial not only in dealing with the COVID-19 pandemic, but also the increasingly complex world that never seems to slow down.

Results of the study are suggestive that it is safe to have wine and cheese around Christmas festivities, as long as you have them responsibly. Having said that, researchers emphasized that there’s a need for further studies that can testify this claim.

Responsible consumption is important

According to a report published by the Lancet Commission on dementia prevention, research on dietary links is still emerging. Moreover, it has been well-established that an overall healthy diet and regular physical exercise can lower its risk. Also, what is known is that drinking alcohol in excess and obesity can increase the risk of cognitive decline/ Alzheimer’s disease/ dementia.

So, before a solid study is in place that covers a broad population through various age groups, it is best to consume wine and cheese and all other types of alcohol strictly in moderation. Till then, shift your focus of celebration by being with your loved ones, reviving age-old traditions, singing Christmas carols, having delicious savories and staying safe.