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Question: I have been following a Nutritarian diet for about two years now, and I consume a glass of red wine daily because I have read that it may reduce my heart disease risk. Is this a good idea?

Answer: The link between alcohol and reduced risk of heart disease is likely due to the fact that alcohol interferes with blood clotting, rather than to a beneficial effect on the cardiovascular system. This blood-thinning effect would only be advantageous if you were consuming a dangerous, heart disease-causing diet. Also, it is not widely known that even small amounts of alcohol—less than one drink per day—may increase one’s risk of cancer. Rely on your Nutritarian diet, not red wine, to protect you from heart disease; you will gain protection against cancer in the process. Please read more about red wine and cancer.

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