Extensive studies of wine, particularly the red variety, concluded that it has notable health benefits. Some studies prove that they protect against some cancers, improve longevity, enhance mental health, and promote heart benefits.
Most of these wine studies, however, focus mainly on red wines. This leads us to the question, what about white wines and champagnes? Are they not as healthy as red wines? According to a study published by the Journal of Agricultural & Food Chemistry, they actually are.
The study concluded that white wine also provides the same cardio-protective qualities seen in red wines. White wine protects the heart from aging by improving ventricular recovery – an anti-aging activity. Moreover, white wine also has significant levels of flavonoids that have antioxidant properties that can help with cancer prevention.
A separate study conducted by the University of Barcelona even notes that white wines may have higher antioxidant levels compared to red wines. Yet another separate study, this time from the University of Hohenheim in Germany, found that individuals who are on a calorie-restricted diet lose more weight when 10% of their energy is derived from white wine rather than from juices.
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Champagne is a party fixture. Luckily for champagne lovers, their drink of choice can be instrumental in everything from losing weight (it has low caloric content compared to white and red wine as well as beer) to improving heart and brain performance.
A recent study done by the University of Reading has also proved that champagne is good for the heart as it has a positive effect on endothelial function. The study concluded that daily moderate champagne consumption improves vascular performance.
The Reading team also found that drinking at least three glasses a week could help thwart the development of brain disorders such as Alzheimer’s disease and dementia thanks to the high phenolic acid content in champagne varieties made from Pinot Noir and Pinot Meunier grapes such as the aforementioned Louis Chaurey.
Wine can be Healthy, but only when Consumed in Moderation
Chris Murphy, who has served as high street retail giant M&S‘ wine expert for almost three decades, once famously said that a wine’s “first duty is to be delicious.” As shown by the studies and research papers noted above and countless others conducted over the years, then it would seem that its second duty is “to be healthy.”
It is important to bear in mind, however, that all of the studies mentioned above were based on moderate drink consumption. In most cases, heavy consumption negates the positive benefits that one would normally stand to receive. Drink in moderation. It’s the way to a bubblier, healthier, and more sparkling life.