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Fruity cocktails count as health food, study finds - Philomena - 04-19-2007

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<DIV class=spacer></DIV>A fruity cocktail may not only be fun to drink but may count as health food, U.S. and Thai researchers said on Thursday.
Adding ethanol -- the type of alcohol found in rum, vodka, tequila and other spirits -- boosted the antioxidant nutrients in strawberries and blackberries, the researchers found.
Any colored fruit might be made even more healthful with the addition of a splash of alcohol, they report in the Journal of the Science of Food and Agriculture.
Dr. Korakot Chanjirakul and colleagues at Kasetsart University in Thailand and scientists at the U.S. Department of Agriculture stumbled upon their finding unexpectedly.
They were exploring ways to help keep strawberries fresh during storage. Treating the berries with alcohol increased in antioxidant capacity and free radical scavenging activity, they found.
Any colored fruit or vegetable is rich in antioxidants, which are chemicals that can cancel out the cell-damaging effects of compounds called free radicals.
Berries, for instance, contain compounds known as polyphenols and anthocyanins. People who eat more of these fruits and vegetables have a documented lower risk of cancer, heart disease and some neurological diseases.
The study did not address whether adding a little cocktail umbrella enhanced the effects.
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Fruity cocktails count as health food, study finds - cathalex - 04-19-2007

I wonder if peach moonshine would count? [Image: smile.gif]



Fruity cocktails count as health food, study finds - Mornac - 04-20-2007

Philomena Wrote:The study did not address whether adding a little cocktail umbrella enhanced the effects.

<P class=MsoNormal style="MARGIN: 0in 0in 0pt"><FONT face="arial, helvetica, sans-serif">Presumably the shade from these would inhibit the process of photosynthesis in the fruit thereby robbing it of sugar-bound chemical energy that it would otherwise have much to the benefit of the imbiber. Those who truly care about their health will steer clear of the cocktail umbrella. </FONT>



Fruity cocktails count as health food, study finds - nicollette - 04-20-2007

:laughing:


Fruity cocktails count as health food, study finds - AdoramusTeChriste - 04-21-2007

Mornac Wrote:
Philomena Wrote:The study did not address whether adding a little cocktail umbrella enhanced the effects.

<P class=MsoNormal style="MARGIN: 0in 0in 0pt"><FONT face="arial, helvetica, sans-serif">Presumably the shade from these would inhibit the process of photosynthesis in the fruit thereby robbing it of sugar-bound chemical energy that it would otherwise have much to the benefit of the imbiber. Those who truly care about their health will steer clear of the cocktail umbrella. </FONT>

Well, this is some interesting research--- a day late. I was in beautiful Bloomington, IN at the Fourwinds Resort for a Capstone conference yesterday. Once the parade of speakers finished, those of us with the desire to enhance our health retired to the lounge. I ordered a fruity, juicy Mai Tai and it came with an umbrella. Woe is me!!!!!!!!

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