Wine & Health: A Brief Guide
of Drinking Wine
Additives in Wine
Benefits of Wine Drinking
Wine is not only a great addition to any meal or celebration, but wine has also been associated with a range of health benefits. However, it's important to understand the benefits and risks of drinking wine to make informed decisions about your health.
The Benefits of Wine
Moderate wine consumption has been linked to various health benefits, including:
- Reduced risk of heart disease
- Lower risk of developing diabetes
- Improved brain function
- Reduced risk of certain cancers
- Reduced risk of age-related bone loss
- Improved kidney function
- Lower risk of fatty liver disease
- Reduced risk of degenerative eye disease
In addition to the above benefits, wine is also associated with prolonged fertility in both males and females, and a serving of wine per day can lower your chances of clinical depression by 32%. Moreover, wine is the only alcoholic beverage that appears to possess notable protective effects against dementia.
The Truth About Sulfates
Are they bad?
Sulfites preserve the wine and slow chemical reactions, which cause wine to go bad.
Sulfites also stop bacteria and other yeasts from growing in the bottle.
Do they cause headaches?
Sulfites are not the cause of red wine headaches. But there are some exceptions. If you have a sensitivity to sulfites in foods such as french fries, cured meats, cheese, and canned soup, you should try to avoid sulfites. Keep in mind that sulfites in wine are surprisingly lower than many processed foods.
What wines have more sulfates?
Higher acidity wines are less stable, so they require sulfites for a longer shelf life.
Wines with a higher sugar content require more sulfites to prevent a second fermentation in the bottle (Sugar turns to alcohol)
Cheers to Your Health
What Makes Wine Healthy?
Chemical compounds called polyphenols, especially resveratrol, anthocyanins, and catechins, are the most effective wine antioxidants and are the key to wine’s health benefits. Resveratrol is the most beneficial polyphenol to your health. It prevents cardiovascular disease and protects brain and nerve cells. As tannins and flavonoids, polyphenols also provide structure, texture, and flavor to wine.
Antioxidants are also present in wine and protect against oxidative stress, which causes cancer, heart disease, and brain function decline.
Red, White, or Beer
Red Wine vs. White Wine
Red wine has about ten times more polyphenols than white wine, which makes it a healthier choice.
Beer vs. Wine
Wine has fewer calories and carbs than beer, and wine drinkers have a 34% lower mortality rate than beer drinkers. However, wine has more alcohol, so it's important to drink in moderation.
Choose Your Additives
Additives in Wine
Most additives used in standard winemaking are harmless and actually improve the quality of the wine. Sulfites, for example, are used to protect a wine from developing bacteria and oxidation, while fermentation nutrients help the yeast to ferment. However, there are some questionable additives, such as extra sugar added to wine to hide faults and small amounts of copper added to hide faults in the wine.
All In Moderation
If you're trying to stay healthy while enjoying wine, moderation is key. Drinking in excess can lead to liver cirrhosis, alcoholism, and other health problems.
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