I'm honestly not sure who had the grand idea to turn grapes into wine but aren't we thankful they did? Not only is red wine a soothing and delicate drink, but it is also filled with nutrients that keep our hearts happy and healthy. If you're skeptical about the benefits of wine, feel free to keep reading!
Red or White?
Besides the obvious fact that most white wines taste sweeter, what is the main difference between the two? White wine is made from white grapes, and the skins are removed from the juice before the fermentation process. Whereas, red wine consists of red or black grapes, with the skin remaining intact throughout the fermentation process. Antioxidants are nutrients that can be found in the skin of grapes, which makes red wine the “healthier” selection.
Let’s Talk Antioxidant
We hear people discuss "antioxidants" occasionally, but what even are they?
Antioxidants are nutrients that protect our cells from being damaged by free radicals, which play a role in heart disease, cancer, and other diseases. This is why red wine is often referred to as "heart healthy."
Although I don't recommend anyone start drinking wine for this health benefit, it is definitely a plus for those who already drink occasionally. Wondering how much wine is acceptable for your health? The Dietary Guidelines for Americans recommend that men have no more than two drinks per day and women have no more than one.
Cheers To Better Health
So, we know that red wine may be beneficial to heart health, but is that all? Let's take a look at some of the other health benefits that red wine may have to offer. It's important to note that these benefits are attributed to certain components in red wine, like resveratrol.
Rich source of antioxidants
May help to lower bad cholesterol (LDL) levels
May reduce the risk of heart diseases
Can help to regulate blood sugar levels
May reduce risk of certain cancers
Can help to keep memory sharp
Can have positive effects on the digestive system
Yes, I'd Like A Glass of Pinot Noir
Now that we know the health benefits of red wine, which should we select? Here are the "5 Healthiest Red Wine Choices" according to the National American Mental Health Professional Advice Council:
Unsweetened red wines
These wine selections will help give a little health boost with your next glass. Some are more dry or sweet than others, so be sure to choose based on your preference. You can also learn more about different types of wines and their nutrient content by visiting a local winery. Check out this article for the best wineries in every state!
With that being said, I'm going to relax and un-wine for the day! I found this amazing recipe for a vegetarian friendly cheese board that I've been eager to try. Doesn't it sound delicious? To say the least, I'm definitely looking forward to pairing these fun cheese spreads and vegetables with my wine tonight.
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Written by: Eden Davis, Wellness Workdays Dietetic Intern