Wine Time! Red or White? Does it matter? Discover the health benefits of wine on Cholesterol and Heart Health from Dr. Murphy & Cholestero-Low
Moderation is Key!
Wine in moderation is thought to be among the many reasons, the Mediterranean Diet is so beneficial. People in the Mediterranean have always had plenty of healthy fats, fruit & veg etc in their diet. Meals, in particular dinner, is a social occasion. Everyone cooks, helps, chats and has a glass of wine. (Not a bottle!)
What health benefits?
Yes, wine has health benefits. Some are understood, some not so much! It has been shown, that in moderation, a glass with dinner etc, can improve good cholesterol(HDL).
Furthermore, there is evidence to suggest, it can slow age related decline in brain function. See those studies here.
But Doctors don’t recommend that you start drinking alcohol for specifically for heart / health benefits, especially if you have a family history of alcohol addiction.
Where do the benefits come from?
Some of the benefit is thought to be due to the antioxidants in red wine.
These antioxidants are called polyphenols or flavenoids. One that has received lots of attention is Resveratrol.
The resveratrol in red wine comes from the skin of grapes used to make wine.
Because red wine is fermented with grape skins longer than white wine, red wine contains more resveratrol.
Simply eating grapes or drinking grape juice might be a way to get resveratrol without drinking alcohol. Red and purple grape juices may have some of the same heart-healthy benefits of red wine.
Red Or White ?
Well, both have been shown to have the beneficial effects.
But red wine has the edge.
In making white wine, the grapes are pressed and then skins, seeds and stems are removed before fermentation.
To make red wine, the crushed red grapes are transferred to vats directly and they ferment with the skin, seeds and stems.
And so, because of this steeping, red wine is particularly higher in the antioxidants etc due to the plant compounds present in those skins, such as resveratrol.
Have a great weekend everyone!
Stay Safe & Enjoy the wkend!
Heres some info on recommended units / week
Heres a drink calculator to work out your moderation!