If you ever feel guilty about reaching for the odd glass of wine every now and then, don’t, because one scientist is adamant that wine can actually give our brains more of a workout than doing a math equation — which sounds like more than enough reason to drink it as far as I’m concerned.
According to, neuroscientist Dr. Gordon Shepherd, from the Yale School of Medicine, says that drinking wine engages more working parts of the brain than anyother human activity. Yep. Woah.
And no, it has nothing to do with all the crazy things you start to think (or do) when you’ve had one glass too many, but everything to do with the simple — or not so simple, as it turns out — process of taste.
In Shepherd’s book, Neuroenology: How The Brain Creates the Taste of Wine, he states that the process of swirling a glass of wine in your mouth, and the tongue muscles and taste receptors that this triggers, engages more of the brain than listening to music or even solving a math problem.
The Evening Standard notes that Dr Shepherd told America’s National Public Radio: “The taste is not in the wine; the taste is created by the brain of the wine taster.
“The molecules in wine don’t have taste or flavor, but when they stimulate our brains, the brain creates flavor the same way it creates color.”
So next time you reach for the bottle, take the time to swirl that wine in your mouth a little bit and you’re basically taking your brain to the gym.