WINE & HEALTH

 

Here are the benefits!

Regular moderate wine drinking can protect against heart diseases, diabetes, brain function decline, certain cancers and tumors, age-related bone loss, fatty liver disease, and degenerative eye disease. Other health benefits of wine include:

  • Improved kidney function, as well as lung and gut health.
  • Prolonged fertility in both males and females.
  • Wine is the only alcoholic beverage that appears to possess notable protective effects against dementia. 
  • Furthermore, a serving of wine per day lowers your chances of clinical depression by 32%
  • Although heavy alcohol consumption can lead to liver cirrhosis, ellagic acid (found in red wine) can burn fat in a fatty liver, a function that could save those with fatty liver disease from experiencing inflammation of the liver, cirrhosis, and even liver failure.

SULFITES

 

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)

Sulfites in Wine vs. Other Foods

Graph of Sulfites in Wine vs. Other Foods

What Makes Wine Healthy?

 

Polyphenols

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. 

It also counteracts the formation of blood clots or thrombosis. 

 

As tannins and flavonoids, polyphenols also provide structure, texture, and flavor to wine.

 

Antioxidants

Antioxidants prevent or slow damage to our cells by protecting against oxidative stress. Oxidative Stress causes cancer, heart disease, and brain function decline. 

Which is Healthiest?

 

White vs Red

  • Red wine has about 10 times more polyphenols (what makes wine healthy) than white.

 

Beer vs Wine

  • Wine has far fewer calories AND carbs
  • Wine has more alcohol, so you can drink less to feel the buzz

 

Wine drinkers have a 34% lower mortality rate than beer drinkers

Some Inevitable Negatives

 

What to avoid

Ethanol (alcohol) is the bulk of what makes wine unhealthy, but its also what makes it fun! However, you should be wary of questionable additives.

 

Additives

Most are harmless and actually improve the quality of the wine

 

Most common in standard winemaking:

  • Sulfites- used to protect a wine from developing bacteria and oxidation
  • Fermentation Nutrients- Helps the yeast to ferment

 

Questionable Additives:

  • Sugar- Sometimes a necessary addition when grapes do not produce enough natural sweetness for fermentation. Extra sugar is sometimes added to wine to hide faults. 
  • Copper Sulfate (BAD)- Small amounts of copper are added to hide faults in the wine

Moderation

If you are trying to stay healthy while enjoying alcoholic beverages, moderation is the key.

Here to Help

Ask us what you should be drinking to promote a healthy wine lifestyle.