For those of you who recently raised a glass of bubbly in honor of 2009, we wanted to share the following research from the University of Reading on the health benefits of Champagne. According to a release:
High nitric oxide levels in the blood, as a result of drinking Champagne, can have beneficial effects, because as well as increasing blood flow, it may help to decrease both blood pressure and the likelihood of blood clots forming. This could therefore reduce the risks of suffering from cardiovascular disease and stroke, but more research needs to be done to determine the long term effects of daily Champagne consumption.
However, keep in mind that researchers suggest limiting your Champagne intake to two glasses a day.
And for those of you who have leftovers from your end-of-the-year activities, New York Times' Well offers tips on cooking with leftover Champagne.