Okay. Here's the way I see it.
Abstinence is better than gluttony ... but temperance is better than abstinence. Study after study keeps coming out and proving what all of Europe has known for a very long time. Wine is good for you. Being chronically drunk is not good for you - and either is having too much food - or too much rest - or too much time sitting down - or too much hard labor. But wine is good for you and so is good food in the right proportions, enjoyed slowly. So are rest and exercise.
Soda pop, however? Not good for you.
"Even one soda per day increases your risk of developing metabolic syndrome by about 50 percent," says Ramachandran Vasan, MD, professor of medicine at Boston University School of Medicine and the senior author of the study, published in the July 31 issue of the American Heart Association's journal Circulation.
Women who regularly enjoy an alcoholic drink or two have a significantly lower risk of having a non-fatal heart attack than women who are life-time abstainers, epidemiologists at the University at Buffalo have shown. And wine also: "helps kill bad oral bacteria," "helps the kidneys," "delays dementia," "protects brain cells," and tastes really amazing sometimes. They can just keep studying it. Find lots of reasons. Whatever. As for me and my house, we will offer wine with dinner. It's good for you!
Lovely basil-y sausages cooked with yellow and green summer vegetables, and served with brown rice tonight for dinner. And red wine.