Fruity cocktails count as health food, study finds

What better news than this? From Reuters: Fruity cocktails count as health food, study finds.

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. [continue]

3 thoughts on “Fruity cocktails count as health food, study finds

  1. Ha! When we aired this story last week I immediately thought about you and your blackberry vodka concoctions. . .

  2. Michael – me too!

    Brian – the blackberry vodka experiment didn’t go very well; the results weren’t worth the effort. Alas! Perhaps next year I’ll find a good blackberry vodka recipe.

    You know about the rhubarb vodka, though, right? We make that every year and it’s awesome.

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