Is drinking a glass of wine actually good for your health?

Who doesn't love hearing this, right? But, is it actually true? Let's find out.

Wine is a popular beverage that we, humans, have been drinking for thousands of years. And for years (at least, for the past 50 years) we've heard people (and doctors!) say that a glass of wine a day was the true key for keeping the doctor away.  And however good it sounds, it's time to find out if it is actually true.

Is wine good for your health?

For starters, wine is packed with antioxidants. That alone is already good, but it is not enough to sustain the theory of the "one glass a day." Because red wine grapes are higher in antioxidants than white grape varieties, drinking red wine may increase your blood antioxidant levels to a greater extent than drinking white.

Wine might also help to reduce inflammation, and some studies have shown some promising results in people who drank white wine. However, red wine showed to have less anti-inflammatory properties, especially after being compared with people who didn't drink at all.

Red and white wine have different benefits.

Wine became popular because of its benefit for heart health. Studies show that individuals who consume moderate amounts of wine have reduced rates of heart disease, and scientists believe this is due to red wine’s high concentration of polyphenol antioxidants, which can help reduce the risk of high blood pressure. But before you crack open that bottle, there is another study that suggests that wine does not infer at all in your heart health.

Scientists agree, though, that drinking a glass of wine occasionally is healthy, but maybe go easy on that everyday thing. And, overall, they consider that red wine has more benefits than white wine, so now you know!

Peter O Brien

Peter started out his professional life as a restaurant critic but ended up moving to the kitchen, realizing that his passion didn’t only lie in tasting the food, but MAKING it. Follow his delicious recipes, as well as useful articles about the many benefits healthy and delicious food will bring to your life.+ info

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