Tuesday, July 17, 2007

Wine is a food.....and its Good for you!

Lets begin with a definition of "food". According to regulation (EC) No 178/2002 of the European Parliament the definition of food includes drinks. So now that we have established that wine is a food, consideration should be given to the many health benefits it bestows on humankind and then reduce all taxes on wine. Imagine my dismay when I read about a proposal for a "carefully targeted fat tax" on food by a group of UK academics. Over 3000 deaths due to cardiac disease could be prevented if we could just stop people from consuming fat. You can accomplish the same of course by consuming a moderate amount of red wine.
But NO, add more taxes. and magically people will stop consuming all those fat inducing foods. Heard anything more ridiculous lately? I have quoted him before but it bears repeating. Thomas Jefferson had the right idea when he said " "I think it is a great error to consider a heavy tax on wines as a tax on luxury. On the contrary, it is a tax on the health of our citizens. " Today research is carried out in an institute bearing that wise man's name. The Jefferson study once again shows the benefit of red wine for cardio-vascular health.
It is obvious is it not? More wine, less tax and voila... better health.
I think the Iris
h have it right.
According to folklore from the Emarald Isle:"The Irish believe that fairies are extremely fond of good wine. The proof of the assertion is that in the olden days royalty would leave a keg of wine out for them at night. Sure enough, it was always gone in the morning."
I believe in fairy tales and have left a keg of wine outside my front door. Perhaps all the fuzzy thinking academics would do well to come and take it away, have a party and forget about dreaming up this nonsense. Cheers everyone!


Nick said...

Hi Wilf,

You are spot on- once again! This fat tax is utter madness - and you only have to look at the French Paradox to see wine's health benefits!

We are deluged in the flooding at present and have no water (ironically) - I did point out to Sue that we do have a lot of wine to drink instead but she was not impressed as she can't wash up with it!



Wilf G.K said...

Nick: Good to hear from you and thanks for your comment. So sorry to hear about your water problems, both the excess in the flooding and the lack of it for drinking purposes. I caught that dreadful situation on TV.
Good luck and hopefully all will return to normal for you soon.

lia said...

The Colonists really missed out on a valid arguing point at the Boston Tea Party. Antioxidants! ;-)


Wilf G.K said...

Hello Lia:
They did indeed.Just checked your blog and love the sound of that Grilled Flank Steak with Salsa Verde.
Its on my list to try.