How Heart Disease Created America’s Wine Industry

For decades, red wine has been the “healthy” alcohol, set on a pedestal against its contemporaries. But, is red wine actually good for you? Where did this idea come from? We speak with a cardiologist about red wine’s health benefits.

Following is a transcript of the video:

Jack: This is an inviting glass of wine. Inside is about 125 calories, about 15% alcohol by volume, and some antioxidants. Of course, we didn’t always think about it this scientifically. Humans have been drinking wine since the Dark Ages. The ancient Greeks even worshipped a god of wine. It wasn’t until the 20th century that we started asking ourselves, is red wine good for us? And that question is now more relevant than ever. After all, Americans have never consumed so much wine in their lives, but recent studies have shown that no amount of alcohol is good for you, and it seems pretty absurd that after all of this time, something so ingrained into culture could suddenly be bad for you. What if 10,000 years of human history has been wrong?

Dr. Nicole Harkin: If someone comes in and they’ve never consumed alcohol before, I certainly wouldn’t recommend starting to drink. Jack: So how often do patients ask you about red wine? Harkin: It’s definitely a common question I get. So I think the type of patients that tend to come to me do ask about alcohol consumption. It’s up there with, you know, stress.We all, you know, living in New York…

Jack: I began to wonder, where exactly did this idea that red wine is good for you come from? To answer that, we need to go to France. The year is 1976. It’s May 24, and France’s finest judges of wine gather for a blind tasting to decide which wines are the best in the world.

George Taber: The judges were the most famous wine experts that France had to offer.

Jack: That’s George Taber, the only journalist at the event now known as the Judgment of Paris, something that would change the world of wine forever.

Taber: Believe it or not, the California wines won in both the white category and the red category.

Jack: George reported the news, the French were furious, and Americans quietly rejoiced about something that they didn’t even really know they were good at. Up until this point, wine wasn’t a widely consumed beverage in the States.

Taber: Well, it was starting to become fairly popular, but not that much, it was still kind of the drink of the snobs…

Jack: Wine consumption and production would increase greatly during this time, setting the stage for what was to come.  As wine drinking grew in America, so did something else: waistlines.

Tape: 600 quality wieners pass through the famous hot dog highway.

Jack: An increase in processed foods boosted the amount of sugar and salt Americans consumed on a daily basis, sparking a nationwide obsession with weight and, more importantly, health. It was the perfect stage for what would happen next.

Harkin: For all countries, if you plot out kind of saturated fat and animal cholesterol consumption against cardiovascular disease, you sort of see a linear-based relationship whereby the more animal products you eat, the higher the rate of death. The French seemingly, for whatever reason, despite their large quantities of saturated fat intake, had a lower risk of cardiovascular death.

Jack: This went against conventional science at the time, but the French, despite their love of fatty meats, cheeses, and butter, had apparently found a loophole. In 1989, this unusual trend was coined the French Paradox. Two years later, “60 Minutes” premiered a landmark broadcast explaining the French Paradox and suggested that France’s regular consumption of red wine was what was protecting their hearts.

Morley Safer: So the answer to the riddle, the explanation of the paradox, may lie in this inviting glass.

Jack: At the time, “60 Minutes” was the highest-rated show on television, and middle-aged baby boomers now had this planted into their brains: You can eat all the meat and cheese and butter you want, all you have to do is drink more wine. Sales in the ’90s skyrocketed. Vineyards expanded, and everyone was drinking the hot new health beverage. The good reputation of wine is often attributed to its antioxidants like resveratrol, but there’s not enough resveratrol in wine to have beneficial effects. Right now, it’s just a good marketing term. It turns out it’s not just red wine that has some sort of health benefit. It’s any alcoholic beverage.

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How Heart Disease Created America’s Wine Industry

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South Africa’s Jacob Zuma, Ali Bongo of Gabon and Uhuru Kenyatta of Kenya were among the presidents arriving at the 30th annual African Union summit on Monday. IMAGES

Teremok is the McDonald’s of Russia — and it’s really good

Emmanuel Ocbazghi: This is the McDonald’s of Russia. It started in 1998 and today there are more than 300 locations in Russia. It’s called Teremok and it just planted its flag in the states. I went to one of the New York City locations to see if it could live up to the hype.

The inside of Teremok looked pretty chill, it looks like your typical fast-casual restaurant. Price-wise, Teremok was a little bit more expensive than McDonald’s, but most of the plates range from $7-$10. I ordered a ton of food off the menu including the Butcher’s Block.

The Butcher’s Block is stuffed with mashed potatoes, fried onions, bacon, and pickles. It’s surrounded by this very sweet crepe, pancake, wrap thing. It’s pretty spongy. The sweetness of the pancake surrounding actually meshes really well with the savory flavors that are inside. It’s a really interesting combination of textures that I wasn’t expecting but it’s really good.

So one of the more traditional meals that they have is called the Red Stars. It actually has a bunch of caviar eggs in it, I don’t know if you can see. The wrap, in general, has a very fishy taste to it. I’m not a fan of seafood so this wouldn’t really be my go-to choice but it’s really not that bad.

They also have the Say Cheese which is just a wrap filled with cheese and as you can guess it’s pretty delicious. As far as side dishes go you can order these dumpling-like things called pelmeni or pelmeni. They’re really oily but it’s filled with some kind of meat and it’s pretty tasty.

So the most traditional dish that they have at Teremok is what’s called Kasha. It has a buckwheat base to it and you can fill it up with your choice of either Frankfurt hot dogs, chicken, ground beef — they have a few options available. This is probably my least favorite dish. It’s just like grain and hot dogs on top of it and for the price I’d rather just get a hot dog like on any street corner.

Overall I really liked it. It’s being called the McDonalds of Russia but honestly it’s higher quality food than that. They only have two locations in the States but I would not be surprised to see these restaurants start to pop up in cities all over the country.

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As Americans become increasingly health-conscious and junk food sales plateau in the States, fast food companies are spreading to new global markets, expanding their revenue — and the waistlines of their customers.

VICE correspondent Gianna Toboni travels to Kuwait, now one of the most obese countries on the planet, to witness the health effects on a country deep in the throes of an unlikely obsession with U.S. fast food. “Fast Food of Arabia” airs on HBO Friday, April 21 at 11pm

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MOTF – Phosphenes [Koldfront Recordings]

Molly on the Floor is a collective of friends and musicians from the state of Texas who were drawn together by their love of beats and bass. Long time friends arQer and Realtime first made a name for themselves when their tune Exhaust was signed to DSCI4 making them one of the first producers from the States to break into the UK dnb scene. Having had their tunes played and supported by the likes of Konflict, Ed Rush and Optical, Trace, Hospital, Andy C, Deep Dish, Source Direct, Dylan, Skynet, and many others, they have since gone on to release on Gain, Nerve, Hardedged, Outbreak, Renegade Hardware, Architecture, as well as running their own label Monkey Bizness which was also one of the first labels to release music from the global phenomenon that is known as NOISIA. Divil, a former student of arQer and Realtime’s, now completes the core of the collective now known as Molly on the Floor. Cagey Bee is the final member of MOTF and has lent his virtousic musicianship on harmonica to several MOTF tunes, and live show. In 2012 MOTF were nominated as one of Houston’s best electronic acts. Recently MOTF was featured on Dubkraft’s Various Artist Compilation celebrating it’s 3rd year anniversary with their tune “New Cage”

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Electric Guest – This Head I Hold (Nu:Logic Remix)

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Electric Guest – This Head I Hold (Nu:Logic Remix) is released May 20th on Warner.

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“Electric Guest’s single ‘This Head I Hold’ has already received over 4 million views on YouTube across two official videos and has hit the charts in the States and France. Recently boosted by a Tweet by Emma Watson, ‘This Head I Hold’ is now set to be released in the UK on May 20th on Warner Bros. Records.

Taken from their debut album ‘Mondo’ which is out now, ‘This Head I Hold’ was produced by Danger Mouse (Gnarls Barkley, Gorillaz, The Black Keys). The album possesses an almost old-fashioned love of melody as it switches genres with blatant disregard for simple categorisation. Assisted by Danger Mouse’s talents — contemporary ingenuity rooted within pop’s most essential and traditional attributes — it’s clear why Electric Guest are so immediately enticing to such a wide audience.”

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