London, Jan 15 (ANI): Scientists have claimed that washing down red meat with a glass of red wine can actually prevent the build-up of cholesterol in the body.
They said that it may be the reason why red wine has been linked to a reduced risk of heart disease.
The researchers, from the Hebrew University of Jerusalem, found that after eating red or dark meat, compounds called malondialdehyde accumulate in the blood stream, the Daily Mail reported.
These can help to form the type of cholesterol that can raise the risk of heart disease.
But when volunteers drank red wine, these compounds were not absorbed into the blood stream.
The researchers said that this is because antioxidants in the wine - known as polyphenols - prevented these harmful compounds from being absorbed.
One group of volunteers was given dark turkey cutlets to eat over four days and asked to not eat any other types of meat or fish.
Another group also ate the cutlets, but they were marinated in red wine.
The wine drinkers were found to have lower levels of the harmful compound malondialdehyde in their blood.
Lead researcher Professor Ron Kohen told the Daily Telegraph: "Meat is rich in polyunsaturated fat and cholesterol."
"Our results could provide an explanation for the association between frequent meat consumption and increased risk in developing cardiovascular diseases. Including polyphenol rich products as an integral part of the meal significantly diminish these harmful effects," he said.
He added that the fact the cutlets were marinated in red wine would have a similar effect to the volunteers drinking the wine with the meal.
After four meals, those who didn't consume the wine saw their modified cholesterol levels (associated with heart disease) rise by 97 percent.
But those who did, saw their levels remain unchanged or actually decrease.
The study is published in the Journal of Functional Foods. (ANI)