Why the white variety is just as good as red for health benefits
Unless you’ve been living in a cave for the last few years, you will undoubtedly know that research has shown red wine is good for your health when consumed in moderation. I must stress the word ‘moderation’ there!
This is all down to a powerful antioxidant called resveratrol which is found in the skin of grapes. Now, when red wine is made, the skin is left on the grape, which means the antioxidant properties of resveratrol are absorbed into your glass of vino at the end of a long fermentation stage. This means that red wine has been shown to help keep your heart healthy, lower the risk of high blood pressure, lower high cholesterol, and basically keep you fighting fit for longer.
It’s a great excuse to grab a glass of red.
Now, on the other hand with this news you can expect white wine to be sat in its bottle feeling a little sorry for itself, but now we find this isn’t the case!
White wine has many health benefits too, and recent studies have shown that some of the best forms of white wine could be just as good for your heart as red.
How so? Well, during the production of white wine, the skin is removed from the grape, so therefore it doesn’t retain the resveratrol like red wine does. Whilst this is a negative, white wine has two antioxidants of its own – namely tyrosol and hydroxytyrosol. These two rather scientific-sounding names have been shown to be present in olive oil. We all know that the Mediterranean diet contains plentiful olive oil, and this has been shown to be good for your heart and help you live longer. Do you see where I’m going with this?
Whilst red wine might win the obvious prize for health benefits, white wine simply goes about it in sneakier way, but gets the same level of benefit in the end, flying under the radar a little, so to speak. Similar cardiac protection is gained from drinking white wine in moderation compared to red, as well as containing SIRT1, a compound which has been shown to help slow down the ageing process.
Not everyone likes red wine that much, as everyone has their own preference, so this is great news for white wine drinkers out there, meaning that a glass with a meal could help you stay healthy and live longer as a result, as well as tasting crisp and delicious at the same time!