There has been a long standing and common belief that drinking red wine was better for your health than drinking whites. This is simply because red wines contain more of the substance resveratrol (the grape-skin antioxidant that most scientists believe gives red wine its anti ageing and heart-healthy properties) than white wines.
But there is very good news for white wine drinkers including you, Chardonnay fans. Whilst white wines contain many of the substances that red wine has, white wines have some some additional ingredients that have very positive effects on human health. Hereunder I will explain more to you about the health benefits of white wine.
In fact white-wine is as healthy as red wine!
Scientists now believe that this alcoholic elixir is just as healthy as its red counterpart. Leading researchers in the white wine’s health aspects recently discovered that the drink has similar cardio protective effects as red vintages, helping prevent heart attacks and other major health problems associated with the heart, kidneys, and blood vessels.
You should also be ware that as white wine already had many of the same positive health benefits as red wine does, it was never far behind. It, too, contains flavonoids that have antioxidant properties, which can help prevent cancer. In fact, according to a study from the University of Barcelona, white wines may even have a higher antioxidant capacity than red wines.
Here is a summary of the currently known health benefits of white wine.
Alcohol that is in white wine would have a disinfecting effect. Some cultures use white wine to sterilize wounds. Resveratrol helps reduce inflammation, prevents the oxidation of LDL “bad” cholesterol, and makes it more difficult for platelets to stick together and form the clots that can lead to a heart attack.
White wine could be beneficial towards achieving weight loss, according to a 2004 study from the University of Hohenheim (Germany). The study found that patients interested in losing weight and on a calorie-restricted diet may benefit from drinking white wine. A diet with 10 percent of energy derived from white wine was found to be as effective in assisting weight loss as a diet with 10 percent of energy derived from juices–plus the additional benefits from consuming wine.
Cardiovascular (matters of the heart or blood vessels)
White wine’s cardio-boosting qualities don’t stem from the same compounds that have made red wine the number one cocktail among doctors and nutritionists. Because red wine is extracted from both the pulp and skin of crushed grapes and white wine is made only from the pulp, white wine contains less resveratrol. Instead of that, white wine has two strong antioxidants of its own, tyrosol and hydroxytyrosol, also found in olive oil, that aren’t present in red wine. Scientists think these antioxidants are what makes white wines so good for the heart.
Slowing the ageing process
Believe it or not, but it is now scientifically proven that white wine slows ageing! While researching white wine’s cardiovascular benefits, scientists discovered the drink activates the gene Sirtuin 1 (SIRT1), which helps slow the ageing process—previously, scientists believed that only wines with a higher content of resveratrol stimulated the gene.
White wine has also been shown to help prevent and regulate diabetes. Part of what makes wine healthy is the alcohol itself, says Arthur Klatsky, MD, a cardiologist and epidemiologist with Kaiser Permanent Medical Care Program in Oakland, California. “There are benefits to light-to-moderate drinking of any alcoholic beverage,” affirms Klatsky, who has studied the relationship between alcohol and human health since the 1960s. Light drinking seems to reduce the risk of type 2 diabetes
Ongoing research looks promising that the drink may boost the immune system, increase blood flow in patients with renal (kidney) problems, and act as an antiviral agent.
What’s more, studies conducted in the past six years have found that moderate consumption of white wine can lower a woman’s risk of developing ovarian cancer, increase cognitive function in the elderly, and help prevent the growth of streptococci, the bacteria responsible for tooth decay and sore throats.
There are a few studies that suggest light alcohol consumption is associated with a lower rate of stroke. Alcohol also raises good HDL cholesterol and helps with anti clotting.
Supporting Klatsky’s claim, additional research has found that moderate consumption of alcohol, mostly wine and beer, can help increase antioxidant absorption, lower the mortality rate in men, reduce levels of the bacteria that cause peptic ulcers, and improve bone density in women.
Contrary to common belief white wine is probably as beneficial to your health as consuming red wine. A series of scientists and recent research have abundantly proven the positive effects of drinking white wine.
I just like to clarify that this is not an invitation to drink wine in huge quantities every day. It should be noted that health benefits will only occur if this magical liquid is drunk in moderation. Moderation being defined as no more than two 5-ounce glasses of wine a day for men, and one 5-ounce glass daily for women.
I do hope that this summary will contribute to your ultimate wine drinking experience and joy. If you ever need advice on good wines, then feel free to ask a question in the comment boxes below at any time and I will come back to you within 24 hours.
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