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As If We Needed an Excuse For More, Study Says Wine and Cheese Are Good For Your Brain


The next time you’re contemplating whether to pour another glass of wine and slice up some extra brie, remember that science says you should do it for your brain. According to a recent study conducted by Iowa State University, consuming both cheese and wine can benefit cognitive function long term. More specifically, research found that cheese is the “most protective food against age-related cognitive problems,” while drinking alcohol, namely red wine, daily is related to enhancing cognitive skills.

Between 2006 and 2016, the study surveyed 1,787 UK-based adults ages 46 to 77 and looked at their ability to “think on the fly” and problem solve over the course of three assessments. Participants took fluid intelligence tests — which asses the capacity to reason quickly and think abstractly — once between 2006 and 2010, again from 2012 to 2013, and a final time between 2015 and 2016. They also answered questions about their food and alcohol consumption as part of each assessment.

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