Ever since ‘French Paradox’ papers were published in 1991 about the benefits of red wine, consumers believe it’s the only one that’s good for you. There has been much talk about the health benefits of red versus white wine. Over the years red grapes has been linked to words like antioxidants (flavanoids and resveratrol), polyphenols (which protects against cardiovascular disease), fewer calories, reduction in heart disease, cancer and the aging process—damn, no wonder the French are so healthy! But what about white wine, are there any health benefits for these grapes.
Considering white wine is my favorite (i.e. Pinot Grigio, Chardonnay, or Riesling), I went on a search for the truth about wine and here’s what I discovered:
1. Just because red wine is high in antioxidants doesn’t mean that white grapes doesn’t have any. Like red wine, white wine consumed in moderation, can reduce bad cholesterol and act as an anti-coagulant or blood clotting preventative
2. The white wines had a significantly lower 1C50″ which helps lower bad cholesterol and raise the good ones.
3. Decreased ovarian cancer risk, lower risk of stroke, build stronger bones and lowers risk of heart attack for men with high blood pressure
4. In a study by Science Daily, white wine shows to have increased lung function among consumers than red wine.
5. Studies show that white wine also slows the progression of neurological degenerative disorders like Alzheimer’s and Parkinson ’s disease.
Whether you drink Merlot of Chardonnay, raise a glass and toast to your health!