Paul to Timothy: “No longer drink water exclusively, but use a little wine for the sake of your stomach and your frequent ailments.”
Not too long ago, I bought a yummy looking salad from a local grocery store deli. After arriving home, unloading and putting away groceries, I sat down to enjoy my chunky chicken caesar salad. I took a few bites. Nice. One more. Oh. That must be some really strong cheese or something in there. Another bite. Uuhhh. What is that? A bad tasting olive?? I tried just an olive – it tasted fine. What was that strong, yucky taste? I tried another bite with some chicken. Oh no. Could it be the chicken? Poke a piece with my fork. Sniff, sniff. !!!! It smelled AWFUL!
Every piece of chicken in my salad looked beautiful, but every piece smelled rotten, putrid. I just knew I had given myself a case of food poisoning.
Luckily, just after I had discovered that the smelly culprit in my salad was not an exotic cheese, a friend called . I told her what had happened, and she said, “If I were you, I’d drink a glass of red wine just as fast as I could.” Sure enough, after doing a quick google search, I learned that people who drink red wine are less prone to food poisioning than those who do not – especially among those who travel abroad. Also, in laboratories, red wine has successfully killed Shigella and salmonella.
So, I had my red wine, returned my salad and warned the deli about the bad chicken, and then I waited to see what would happen. Nothing did.