The Health Benefits of White Wine

There is a bit of a debate regarding the health benefits of white wine versus red wine. The main difference between the two is that in the production of white wine the skin is removed from the grapes before they are fermented. The skins are a part of the process in the production of red wine and it is believed that the skins themselves are what add the popular antioxidant and anti-bacterial properties we all crave.

White Wine and Your Heart

White wine alone doesn’t necessarily have a special property that can help you to prevent heart disease but it is an alcohol and there are properties in alcohol itself that can help. The compounds in alcohol help to raise your good cholesterol levels (HDL) while keeping your bad cholesterol levels (LDL) a little lower. Alcohol also has a blood-thinning effect which helps to prevent the buildup of plaque in your arteries.

They key to drinking white wine to benefit your heart is the same as with any other type of alcohol – it’s all in moderation. Men are encouraged to have no more than 2 drinks per day and women are encouraged to have only 1. That said, if you have already been diagnosed with a medical condition, especially one concerning your heart, you should check with your physician to ensure alcohol consumption will not interfere with your medications or treatment regime.

It’s Not All in the Skin: White Wine and Free Radicals

The good news is that not all of the antioxidants, power free-radical fighting agents, are found in the skin of the grape. They are found within the fruit of the grape itself. This means that while the levels of antioxidants found in red wine are higher, those found in white wine are still healthy. Those of you who aren’t fans of red wine may now breathe a sigh of relief. White wine can and will improve the antioxidant levels in your bloodstream.

Miscellaneous White Wine Benefits

There are a couple of other random benefits to drinking white wine as well. The antioxidants within the wine may lead to increased lung function as they protect your lungs from the free radicals in the air. You may have a decreased risked of developing cancer, a decreased risk of developing bacterial ulcers, and a lower risk of developing a serious stroke.

The number of calories in a glass of white wine can sometimes be lower than in red wine, too, which is great for those of you who prefer a sweeter flavor with less calories. Make sure you are consuming your white wine in moderation and talk to your physician if you have concerns about the way your alcohol consumption may be affecting your health.

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