New Research Suggests Drinking Wine Could Be Good For Your Brain


by Elizabeth Bennett |

If you're planning on having a glass, or three, of wine this evening then this news will be music to your ears. A Neuroscientist from Yale has discovered that wine activates more parts of your brain than any other human activity.

Dr Gordon Shepherd from the Yale School of Medicine has found that drinking wine is basically a workout for your brain.

Shepherd argues that because molecules in wine don’t have taste or flavour, when you sup on a glass of red or white wine the brain has to work harder to experience the taste sensations.

‘The taste is not in the wine; the taste is created by the brain of the wine taster. The molecules in wine don't have taste or flavour, but when they stimulate our brains, the brain creates flavour the same way it creates colour,’ Dr Shepherd told America’s National Public Radio.

In his book, Neuroenology: How The Brain Creates The Taste of Wine, Shepherd explains in more detail the scientific process involved. Apparently when you are drinking a glass of vino the brain is working to both activate the muscles which control your tongue, as well as thousands of taste and odour receptors. It's these multiple brain functions that make the brain work that extra bit harder.

Cheers to that!

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