The health advantages of red wine have long been known — in moderation, the alcoholic drink has been shown to improve cholesterol, add tons of antioxidants to the body, fight obesity, help manage diabetes and more. But is white wine healthy?
For some reason, we hardly ever hear of white wine being good for our health. But, that doesn’t mean it’s not possible.
Four Health Benefits of White Wine
White wine lovers may have convinced white wine is just as good for them as red — and they’re not entirely wrong. While there are certainly a few perks to red bottles, there are a few advantages to drinking white wine, too — here are four of them.
If your metabolism needs a boost to kick-start your weight loss journey, the answer is in — white wine? Don’t go overboard, of course, but several studies have shown white wine can improve the functionality of both your metabolism and your heart.
A 2015 research study mandated people with type 2 diabetes to drink either white wine, red wine or water with their suppers for two years, in addition to following a Mediterranean-based diet. By the end, the participants saw improvement in both these areas, which are significant contributors to one’s ability to lose weight.
Improved Glucose Control
Along with improved metabolic and heart functionality, white wine offers another perk that’s especially attractive for people with type 2 diabetes — the ability to improve glucose control and regulate triglyceride levels. In fact, this is one area where white wine has proven to be even more effective than red.
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Tons of Antioxidants
If antioxidants are what you’re after, white wine is actually a better choice than red wine. With nutrients like fluoride, phosphorus and potassium, white wine is said to provide between 80 and 100 calories of energy — though both the calorie count and alcohol content of every wine varies, contrary to popular belief. Scientists at the University of Barcelona also conducted a study that found white varieties typically have an equal or higher number of antioxidants in each glass.
Several studies have shown white wine could prevent both breast cancer and lung disease. In 2010, researchers at the University of Wisconsin discovered white wine is just as effective at protecting cells from contracting breast cancer as red wine.
Even earlier, in 2002, scientists from the University at Buffalo School of Medicine proved consuming white wine moderately throughout your life leads to improved lung health, lessening the chances of developing lung disease.
On top of these, some studies have linked white wine to enhanced memory function, as well as the prevention of Alzheimer’s disease and related cognitive disorders. Alzheimer’s disease alone affects more than five million people across the globe.
How to Get the Most out of Your Vino
Throughout this post — and likely in other research you’ve heard on this subject, as well — the health benefits we mentioned are only applicable in terms of moderate consumption. To get the most of all these perks, it’s best to enjoy one glass every night, and no more.
You can also choose low-calorie wines rather than high-calorie — but be warned, “sweet” does not always mean high-calorie, and “dry” does not always mean low-calorie.
However, no the calorie count of the wine you choose is not nearly as important as only having one glass a night — it doesn’t “equal out” to buy a low-calorie wine, but then have four glasses of it.
Choosing the Best White Wine for Health Advantages
While white wine only surpasses red in terms of healthfulness in a few categories, it at least measures up equally in most other areas. If red wine just isn’t your thing, you can still reap benefits like the four mentioned here by enjoying your white. Just remember, you’ll only really notice these advantages when you enjoy your vino in moderation![folor-box]Kacey Bradley is the lifestyle and travel blogger for The Drifter Collective, an eclectic lifestyle blog that expresses various forms of style through the influence of culture and the world around us. Kacey graduated with a degree in Communications while working for a lifestyle magazine. She has been able to fully embrace herself with the knowledge of nature, the power of exploring other locations and cultures, all while portraying her love for the world around her through her visually pleasing, culturally embracing and inspiring posts. Along with writing for her blog, she has written for sites like U.S. News, SUCCESS, Tripping.com and more!