White Wine Health Benefits 2015
Whenever wines are often featured in magazines and hailed for their health benefits, it is often the reds that get the spotlight.
But have you ever wondered if white wines also possess qualities that can boost your health? Too often white wines are set aside, but apart from their equally rich taste, these variation also possess a number advantages health wise.
Let’s see what potential goodness a bottle of white wine have beyond its cork.
1. It provides the body with antioxidants
It is widely suggested by experts that red wines give the body a rich dose of antioxidants in moderate amounts. An explanation to this is that the red compound obtained from grape skin, called anthocyanins, are also responsible for providing antioxidants.
In making red wines, the grape skins are crushed along with the pulp. But for white wines, the skin are immediately separated from the juice, hence the color. Anthocyanins are the antixodants that give wines their heart healthy benefits. Since red wines contain more anthocyanins, this led to the belief that it is healthier than white wines.
However, new studies showed that the pulp of grapes are also as healthy as the skin because it contains heaping amounts of heart healthy antioxidants. It may not necessarily be anthocyanins, but a host of many others that also promote better heart health. This explains why white wine is just as healthy. Another study from Ankara University also supports this by claiming that the protection that red wine provides against cellular oxidation does not vary significantly with white wine.
2. Nutritional content
Wine contains healthy amounts of antioxidants. However, your body only gets to take advantage of this when you drink it in moderate amounts. Just like its red counterpart, white wine also contains healthy amounts of antioxidants to effectively beat the toxic effects of free radicals on our body. This may not be a cure for illness, but it can help prevent such things from happening.
Aside from antioxidant, white wine also contain fluoride, phosphorus and potassium. It is also known to promote energy production, as it is estimated to provide an estimated 80-100 calories. However, it is important to remember that white wines that are much sweeter contains more calories, while dry white wines have the least.
3. Prevents food poisoning
Did you know that a glass or two of either red or white wine together with a meal can kill the bacteria in food that can result in an illness? Enjoying your daily glass of white wine with your food is definitely a smart way to go to avoid getting stomach upsets from poorly prepared food.
4. It creates less hangover
To understand this, we need to be familiar with congeners. These are the chemical byproduct of alcohol fermentation, which is responsible for red wine’s color, aroma and taste. It is also the compound responsible for hangovers. White wines have lower amounts of it, helping you to avoid the headache and discomfort created by hangovers.
5. Weight loss
White wine is also touted to be beneficial for weight loss based on a study from the University of Hohenheim in 2004. It was found that a diet that contains 10 percent of energy, or calories, from white wine is effective in promoting weight loss benefits. But this information alone should not give you the license to just chug down any bottle of white wine and presume that you’d be shedding some pounds.
A good way for you to choose your bottle of wine would be to check the AVB or Alcohol by Volume percentage. Know that there are no nutrition labels on wine, so this is the next best thing of knowing what you are getting. Experts suggest that you go for wines that has an ABV between 9 to 12 percent. It would also be wise to remember that the more alcohol a wine contains, the higher the calories. This is also the reason why sticking with white wines is better due to its lower caloric content than reds.
It is also wise to go for European wines if your aim is to cut back on calories because such wines undergo stricter rules and regulation in alcohol content compared to those manufactured in the US. This means that European wines, such as those that come from France, Italy and Germany, have lesser calories. Adding to that, wines that are grown in warmer climates, such as those from Chile or Australia, tend to contain high sugar levels. With high sugar content also means higher ABV in such wines.
6. Improves lung health
Research from the University of Buffalo claims that drinking wine can help promote better lung function. The researchers believed that wine might contain nutrients that can help lung tissues healthy. This was further supported by the results of lung function test.
According to a certain Dr. Holger Schunemann, drinking red wine in moderation is beneficial for the heart. However, the chances are far better with white wine, thanks to the antioxidants it contains, which act specifically on the lung cells. Experts do warn that you should not overdo it because the relationship between wine and lung function has yet to be clarified further. So if red rules the heart, white wine dominates lung health.