Wine Kills Germs That Cause Sore Throats And Dental Plaque Says Study

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As if we all needed another reason to pour another glass!

Wine is obviously one of the best creations to ever grace human kind, but we didn’t know it could prevent sickness too!

Apparently wine is a fantastic disinfectant for bad mouth germs, which is just another reason why we should all be drinking more of the good stuff.

A study, done way back in 1998 examined the antibacterial properties of carbonated drinks, wine, beer, skim milk, and water, and each beverage was infused with infectious bacterial like salmonella, E. coli, and shigella.

After two days, the wine had the least amount of live bacteria! Meaning, bacteria has a hard time surviving when in contact with wine.

In the study, published in the Journal of Agricultural and Food Chemistry, researchers discovered that the acidity and alcohol concentration in wine isn’t what’s responsible for the antibacterial properties, as was previously believed. Instead, it’s due to a number of organic compounds found in both red and white wines.


The researchers isolated the compounds — lactic, malic, succinic, and tartaric acids — and after neutralizing their acidity, found that they kill 99.9 percent of dental bacterial and germs that cause sore throats.

“Exposure to wine had a persistent antibacterial effect,” the authors wrote. A minor distinction, however, is that red wine is better at killing bacteria than red wine, but not by much.

Another study from 1998 tested the effects of red wine on salmonella and compared it to a disinfecting solution containing the same alcohol concentration and acidity level, and found that red wine is better at killing the bacteria than the solution and again, the acidity was the primary disinfectant and not the alcohol.

So the next time you feel a sore throat coming on…go ahead a pour yourself a glass of vino!