Yay for alcohol: US and Thai researchers found out that adding alcohol to berries seem to increase their antioxidant capacity, and therefore may make fruity cocktails be good for your health!
Adding ethanol -- the type of alcohol found in rum, vodka, tequila and other spirits -- boosted the antioxidant nutrients in strawberries and blackberries, the researchers found.
Any colored fruit might be made even more healthful with the addition of a splash of alcohol, they report in the Journal of the Science of Food and Agriculture.
Dr. Korakot Chanjirakul and colleagues at Kasetsart University in Thailand and scientists at the U.S. Department of Agriculture stumbled upon their finding unexpectedly.
Hey bartender, another of 'em fruity cocktails, please. It's for research. Honest.
http://www.cnn.com/2007/HEALTH/diet.fitness/04/20/nutrition.cocktails.reut/index.html - Thanks David R! (Photo from: rich_w [Flickr])