With so much said about the numerous health benefits of wine when consumed in moderation, some of you may be wondering if some wines are healthier than others. The short answer is, yes. Hence why we’ve decided to list below different types of wine based on the health benefits that they can offer. Settle in and get ready to find out if your favourite drops are the healthiest of them all!
1. Red wines
Red wines are the healthiest wines regardless of which type you prefer, this is because red wine grapes are higher in antioxidants than other grape varieties. Besides the red wine grapes, the skins, seeds and stems which are used during fermentation, are responsible for most of the health benefits found in our favourite drink.
The antioxidants provided by red and black grape skins have been associated with heart health, anti-inflammatory properties, promoting healthy gut bacteria and possibly longevity, which is why this delightful elixir is on top of our list.
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Rosé is made from red wine grapes, but it’s made differently than red wines. During the wine-making process there is less time for the grape skin to transfer antioxidants. For red wine, it can be months; while for a pink one, it is usually from 2 to 20 hours. Less contact time means less antioxidants. The good news is rosé tends to contain less alcohol than both red and white wines, which is great if you don't want to overdo it. So don’t think twice if you’d like to pour yourself a chilled glass and enjoy it on a sunny day.
3. Dry whites
In the production of white wine, grapes are pressed but the skins are quickly separated out. Meaning that all of those healthy antioxidants that come from the grape skins are taken away. While dry whites are not a bad choice, the health benefits are generally in a lower amount.
Nonetheless, if you’re one of those migraine sufferers white wines could be an ideal option for you, since they are low in the headache-inducing compound tyramine, unlike many red and rose wines. Also, if you're wondering why white wine is less likely to cause a hangover, it's because it lacks congeners - chemicals produced during fermentation. So there you go!
4. Sweet wines
Sweet white wines are so named because, they contain more sugar. They’re enjoyable to drink, but they offer the least number of health benefits for your body. Think of these varieties as dessert, and make them into occasional treats.
Don't forget that moderation is key, regardless of the type of drink you pour into your glass. Cheers and enjoy the wine!
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