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Lead Researcher Debunks the Red Wine Equals Exercise Article

Wine ShoeLast Friday I wrote a post criticizing an article in My Daily that horrifically misinterpreted a research study on the compound resveratrol and its potential benefits as an exercise supplement. The article equated a glass of red wine to an hour at the gym in terms of health benefits. Unfortunately, there were numerous problems with this conclusion, several of which I outlined in my post.

Apparently the article has been spread around quite widely (sadly, the headline accomplished its goal), and this prompted the CBC to contact the lead author of the research study, Jason Dyck. I thought I’d share a link to the interview they conducted with him as it provides some interesting perspective, particularly about how a scientist feels about media misinterpretation/mangling of his hard work. On this topic he says:

“A lot of times when you work away in your lab you hope that people read your studies and that it makes an impact,” said Dyck.

“When you see all your hard work distilled down to one phrase that isn’t correct it’s a little disheartening.”

You can listen to the 8 minute interview here.

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This post was authored by Peter Larson. Pete is a biology teacher, track/soccer coach, and dad (x3) with a passion for running, soccer, and science. If you'd like to learn a little bit more about who I am and what I do, click here, or visit

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