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A festive chin-chin!

Nutrition Editor Eve Kalinik says a Christmassy ‘cheers’ with a flute of her fizzy favourite, in moderation, of course

Technically, champagne can only be called ‘Champagne’ if it is from that region. I have personally found that sparkling wines produced in the UK can often have a superior taste to some of the pricey bottles of champers, and have a similar nutritional profile. Prosecco contains comparable properties, so keep that in mind when purchasing your fizz. All these bubbles have a few things in common. Like wine, they contain antioxidant polyphenol compounds that may have a positive effect on the gut microbiome, as they essentially ‘feed’ bacteria in the gut. But stick to one or two glasses and don’t keep topping up your flute. The other reported benefit of polyphenols is that they have been associated with a reduced risk of heart disease when consumed moderately and mindfully.

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