‘Everything in moderation’ is a belief many live by as the best route to a long and healthy life. There is no debating the fact that a glass of red wine: whether it’s a glass of your favourite Spanish, French or even Californian natural wines is high in antioxidants. These antioxidants can help prevent cancers, maintain a healthy heart and offer benefits to your mental health too.
Recent suggestions also point to white wine being just as good for your heart as reds.
Grapes contain polyphenols in their skins, seeds and juice and some of these get passed along to wine. The skin of a grape in particular is rich in compounds including the one that has received a lot of attention over the years, resveratrol. Red wines macerate on their skins, soaking up compounds, giving them higher concentrations of this compound and other skin polyphenols.
Does this mean white wine is nothing more than delicious wine? This is not the case, as numerous studies show that it is in fact the alcohol itself that has cardiovascular benefits, which reduces the risk of heart disease and stroke. Plus, white wines contain polyphenols too.
Despite both reds and whites containing beneficial compounds, is there a particular type or brand of wine out there that is healthier than others?
Low sulphite and organic wines are better suited to those who are allergic to Sulphur Dioxide (SO2) or any other preservatives used in winemaking. This range of wine allows those with allergies to enjoy a glass of wine without the normal side effects associated with sulphite preservatives.
Additionally, forget about the richness of your chosen wines’ antioxidant properties, as bold tannic red wines such as Petit Verdot, are likely to cause you a hangover you wish you never had. A major cause of these tannins is dehydration. When you drink a refreshing style wine such as a light white or Champagne, it’s most likely fooling your palate to believe you’re not thirsty. To avoid a hangover in the morning you should follow each glass of wine with water, in order to prevent dehydration altogether.
Lastly, we should consider the calorific content of a glass of wine. A healthy and balanced diet doesn’t mean we have to cut out the alcohol completely, but do take into consideration the comparisons between their health benefits.
A large glass of red wine which you may be tempted by on a Friday evening contains just as many calories as a Cornetto ice cream. When it comes to Rose wine, the sweeter it is the higher the calories, which is one fact to take into consideration. A large glass of this can average around 200 calories, but several of these could bring you into bacon sandwich territory. Therefore, you should seriously re-think what ‘healthy’ lifestyle you’re trying to live and enjoy.
Discover your new favourite glass of natural or sulphite free wine by getting in touch with a reliable and knowledgeable online retailer. These industry experts are available to talk to you about all the best natural and sulphite free wines that they have in stock. You will soon be on track to discovering your new favourite bottle and promoting your healthier lifestyle.