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Time to raise a glass to better gut health? Scientists at King's College London have found that red wine drinkers have a greater diversity of bacteria in their digestive tracts, a marker of gastrointestinal well-being, than those who drink other alcohol.Their paper, published in the journal Gastroenterology earlier Wednesday, explored the effects of beer, cider, wine and spirits on the population of microorganisms in the gut -- the "microbiome" -- and other health indicators in 916 female twins in the U.K.Red wine was linked to the greatest positive impact on gut health -- and it was also associated with lower levels of obesity and "bad" cholesterol. There were no such associations for beer, cider or spirits, but a minor effect linked to white wine.White wine has similar alcohol content to red, but with six to seven times less concentration in polyphenols.
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