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Health

Red Wine Helps Kill Cancer Cells, New Study Reports

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We already know drinking red wine in moderation can do the ol’ body good. This is due in large part to the compound resveratrol, which science has reduced to a handy little pill. But Dr. Michael Nicholl of the University of Missouri is taking the compound’s benefits one step further and researching its ability to kill cancer cells.

His work found that radiation in conjunction with large doses of resveratrol might help wipe out cancer cells. “When resveratrol is given, [cancer cells’] normal recovery is taken away,” he told The Times. That, in turn, allows radiation to concentrate its power on ridding the body of the disease. So it’s not necessarily the compound itself that kills off cancer; it’s combining it with radiation that could prove lethal to these cells.

However, this is just one part of the puzzle and there are side-effects to taking oral resveratrol supplements, including intestinal distress, bloating and diarrhea. Much more research needs to be done to support the findings, but it does present a hopeful future for cancer therapy.

H/T LA Times

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Packaged Food

Wine-Infused Popcorn is the Holy Grail of Movie Theater Snacks

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Sometimes the food gods shine down upon us, bringing flavors together to create epic hybrid creations, case in point, the Cronut and Mochi Donut. This time wine and your favorite movie snack have joined forces (cue in celebratory orchestra music) to bring you the perfect drunchie munchie to sneak into your next movie outing.

NYC-based Populence and New Zealand wine maker Kim Crawford have brought forth a boozy snack in two flavors: Pinot Noir Drizzle and Sauvignon Blanc Kettle. This wine-infused popcorn is meant to be paired with the wine it’s made with, which is probably a hint that you can’t get drunk off the popcorn alone. Psh, we’ll see about that.

However, for those of you who can figure out a way to sneak your favorite Pinot or Sauvignon Blanc into the movie theater: Respect. For the rest of you, you’ll just have to enjoy this unique pairing from the comfort of your living room.

Wine-Infused Popcorn, $8 (Sampler) – $48 (2 Gallon Tin) @Populence

H/T + PicThx Incredible Things

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Sweets

These Saffron Cupcakes Are Slathered in Cream Cheese Frosting & Red Wine Caramel Sauce

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How do saffron cupcakes with cream cheese frosting and red wine caramel sound, eh?

These mini desserts are definitely attention-grabbing. As our luck would have it, saffron is a delicious addition to sweeter concoctions, and these cupcakes are rock solid proof. The best part about this recipe is that it has several drool-worthy components that make up one whole nugget of goodness. Cream cheese frosting (oh baby), a moist cake base, red wine and caramel?! It’s all there, America!

If you’re up for this offbeat baking challenge, we must warn you — these cupcakes will bring the dessert experience to an entirely new level of insane deliciousness.

Check out the recipe here.

H/T + PicThx Indiaphile

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Health

This ‘Red Wine’ Pill Takes All the Fun Out of Getting Healthy

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We’ve all heard that a glass of red wine a day is good for you – that it helps prevent heart disease, is full of antioxidants, etc. But what if you could reap 100 times the normal health benefits of red wine just by taking a single pill? Yeahhhh, science bitch!

It’s just too bad these things are non-alcoholic.

Created by a group of researchers at Harvard Medical School, the “red wine pill” is designed to mimic the effects of the red wine compound resveratrol, which has been proven to activate a protein that “promotes health and longevity in animals,” according to Drinks Business.

Though the pill is still in the tasting stages, the drug appears to be safe for humans and to increase immunity in mice against obesity and aging. Scientists hope it will be commercially available within the next five years.

Now I know what you’re thinking, at least 60% of why anyone ever drinks red wine before bedtime is for the warm, sleepy time feeling it gives – which, in the case of this pill, will be sorely, sorely missed. But for anyone who might not like the taste of red wine (i.e., me), it could also be a solid way to drink to your health, without actually drinking.

Just call me when you have a “white wine” flavored-pill, mmkay?

H/T + PicThx Drinks Business

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Hit-Or-Miss

Here’s Some Cheeseburger Wine to Pair with that Big Mac

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Rootstock Cellars has devised a bottle of wine affectionately known as “Cheeseburger Red,” ($12.99) designed specifically with the patty in mind, and is described as, “smooth and jammy, bursting with red fruit that so perfectly compliment a slight char.” After all, why should all the fun be reserved for steak when a decent burger coats your mouth with the same fatty unctuousness. This light, fruity wine has the ability to bring out the best components of the burger, including its richness, while not allowing the wine itself to become overpowered and forgotten. 

So while it’s not exactly a burger in a bottle, it makes for a nice red to pair with that Big Mac. Nothing like rolling up to Mickey D’s with a bottle of wine. . . classy, fo sho.

H/T + PicThx Serious Eats

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Cravings

Applewood Bacon Wrapped Red Wine Butter Fish

Definitely looking like one of those fancy dishes, never the less this plate looks mouth watering! The type of fish they are using is a cut of Sea Bass which has been roasted with chilean!  Applewood bacon outfits the fish alongside red wine butter and lentils! I am pretty sure I have converted some fish haters into trying this dish! (Thx Anita Szocs)

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Cravings

Craving: Blueberry Red Wine Sorbet

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‘Imagine the deepest magenta sorbet full of the freshest blueberry flavor combined with the earthy richness of a good red wine and the slight subtle back note of spice. What you get is a light and refreshing cold slush that will leave you more than satisfied after a light summer meal. Or even after a substantial grilled menu, come to think of it’. (Thx Pastrystudio)

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Hit-Or-Miss

Wine Study Reveals Daily Half of Glass Will Boost Life Expectancy

I’m sure this “study” will come as quite a subdued shocker to many of you who already knew that Red Wine and Cardiovascular health were intermingled in one way, shape or form. My father is definitely one of those people, but now, when people ask him and individuals like him about why he drinks half a glass of red wine a day, he now has a study to point to. From a research in the Journal of Epidemiology and Community Health, using a case of 1,373 randomly selected men over the course of 40 years, have revealed that of the group, those men who only drank wine (and less than half a glass of it a day), “lived around 2.5 years longer than those who drank beer and spirits, and almost five years longer than those who drank no alcohol at all” (physorg.com). For those who are in high spirits, remember with any substance, moderation is key! Without further ado, who’s down for some Sangria?!