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Does red wine truly aid with digestion?

Answered on August 19, 2014
Created September 20, 2011 at 11:21 PM

I've read information that supports both sides of the argument. On those uncomfortable occasions when one has eaten too much, does a glass of red wine help or hinder?

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on September 20, 2011
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I think that the bitterness/astringency of a high-tannin red wine could certainly help stimulate digestion, just like traditional digestive bitters, although maybe after a couple of glasses, you are simply less likely to care about what your digestive system is doing.

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on September 20, 2011
at 11:28 PM

I haven't tried a glass of wine after overindulging, but if I drink wine alongside a meal that may be a little over the top I feel like it helps.

I once flipped through a recipe book for digestifs, and most were tiny sweet liqueurs with things like anise-seed. I wonder if they worked because of the pain relieving sugar opiate thing, alongside the digestive help of the herbs?

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