Is White Wine Good For Your Heart?

Is White Wine Good For Your Heart?

Most of us know that indulging in the occasional glass of red wine can have considerable benefits for our hearts. But what does this mean for all of the white wine lovers out there?

Is red the only type of wine that provides health benefits…or is white wine good for your heart too?

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White Wine: A Heart-Healthy Surprise

Good news for white wine drinkers: several different studies have shown that white wine is just as effective as red in enhancing heart function and helping to prevent artery blockage!

It was previously believed that the majority of health benefits provided by grapes came from their skins – which are used in the creation of red but not white wine.

The skins of grapes contain high levels of antioxidants which benefit the heart and other body parts. However, the grape itself also contains a ton of nutrients and powerful antioxidants, which also makes white wine a heart-healthy choice.

To learn more about white wine and heart health (as well as other body benefits), read on!

5 Ways White Wine Does a Body Good

1) Antioxidants Promote Heart Health

We already know that white wine is made without the grape’s antioxidant-rich skin – so does this make a glass of white any less effective for heart health than red wine?

Not according to the majority of studies, including one from a Turkish university which found that even though red wine contains a significantly higher concentration of antioxidants, the protection of cells offered by those antioxidants was not significantly more powerful than the ones found in white wine.

2) Helps Fight Disease

Almighty antioxidants do more than just protect your heart – they can help your body fend off all kinds of devastating disease. In the case of white wine, several different studies have shown that its antioxidant content is particularly valuable in helping to prevent both lung disease and breast cancer.

White Wine Helps Fight Disease

For example, a 2002 study by the University at Buffalo School of Medicine found that moderate white wine consumption over the course of a lifetime improves overall lung health.

Likewise, a 2010 study by the University of Wisconsin revealed that white wine helps protect the body’s cells from breast cancer just as well as red wine does.

3) Aids in Weight Loss

If you are trying to lose weight, you don’t have to swap out your chardonnay for sparkling white grape juice. It turns out that white wine is actually just as helpful toward slimming down your waistline as fruit juice!

In a 2004 study conducted by the University of Hohenheim in Germany measured participants whose diet involved 10 percent of energy deriving from white wine and compared it to a control group whose diet consisted of 10 percent of energy coming from juice.

The study concluded that participants attempting to lose weight by reducing their daily caloric intake saw just as much success drinking white wine as they did consuming traditional fruit juices.

4) Slows Aging Process

Want to look and feel younger? Sip more white wine! While researching the heart benefits of white wine, scientists also found that it triggers the Sirtuin 1 gene (SIRT1). SIRT1 has been shown to help slow the human aging process.

5) Helps Prevent Diabetes

White wine may also help regulate or even prevent diabetes. But surprisingly, this ability mostly comes from the alcohol itself. Since the prohibition era, there have been numerous studies on the effects of alcohol and health – and consistently, moderate alcohol consumption is shown to help prevent the onset of Type 2 diabetes.

Which White Wines Are Best for Heart Health?

Now that we know that white wine can be just as effective as red wine for heart health and more – let’s take a closer look at all the different varieties of white. Namely…are all white wines created equal?

Unfortunately, not all white wines are as jam-packed with powerful antioxidants. In fact, some don’t seem to have very many at all.

Which White Wines Are Best for Heart Health?

Fairly conclusively, research has shown that out of all white wine varieties from all over the globe, certain European white wines tend to be the most beneficial.

The white wines from France, Germany and Italy – specifically the Friuli Venezia region of Italy – are renowned for being particularly rich in the antioxidants tyrosol and hydroxytyrosol.

Now when it comes to variety, dryer white wines tend to be the better choice. Several studies have shown that Chardonnay has the highest count of the antioxidant polyphenols.

Sauvignon Blanc , another dry white wine, is also a good choice because it has proven anti-inflammatory properties.

Sweeter white wines like Reisling and Pinot Grigio aren’t necessarily bad for you in moderation – but keep in mind that since they are sweeter, they will generally contain more calories.

How Much White Wine Should You Drink?

While white wine may be good for you in a variety of different ways, but it’s important not to overindulge. The many benefits of white wine are based entirely around moderation consumption.

Moderation is different for everyone – but it is generally defined as a maximum one 5-ounce glass daily for adult women and two 5-ounce glasses a day for adult men.

Is White Wine Good for Your Heart?

When it comes to heart health, red wine gets all the credit. However, recent studies have shown that white wine is just as effective in promoting heart health and helping us live longer.

But that’s not all – white wine has many other health benefits as well, including disease-fighting properties from antioxidants, supporting weight loss, slowing the aging process and even helping to prevent diabetes.

So white wine is good for you – but some kinds are even better than others. When you have a choice, opt for European varieties, particularly those from the Friuli Venezia region of Italy.

Also elect for dryer varieties like Chardonnay or Sauvignon Blanc over sweeter types like Reisling or Pinot Grigio. But no matter what kind of white wine you end up with, it’s important not to drink too much of it.

Moderation is key; over-consumption will not only counteract the benefits of white wine, it can lead to serious health problems in the long run. So stick to one 5-ounce a glass of white wine per day if you are a woman and up to two 5-ounce glasses per day if you are a man.

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12 thoughts on “Is White Wine Good For Your Heart?

  1. I have learn that white wine is good for our health.
    For all these years I have taking wine as poison to our health.
    Wine can also loose fat from our body. Good to learn it also.
    It is good that I came across to your website.
    I will bookmark your website and refer to obesity people to visit it.

  2. Ah, very interesting! I enjoy an occasional glass of wine, but have always reached for the red because I thought it was the healthier choice. My husband, on the other hand, will only drink chardonnay as he doesn’t like the taste of red. I was always telling him that he should switch, but I guess I was wrong! I’ll be happy to tell him that the chardonnay is just as healthy (in moderation, of course) as the red and maybe now I’ll have a glass of it with him.

  3. Great, your article came at the good time, when I was thinking which bottle to start, serving dinner to my friends.
    Overall I like white wine, maybe thanks to it that it is more sweet and light.
    I read somewhere that one man, having a great age over 100, drinks one bottle wine a day. He looks good, without red nose or puffy eyes.
    Besides all good qualities, such antioxidants and minerals, wine connects people, who sit by table or relax on patio. It prompts to lighten up, a world seems great.
    All the best, Nemira

    1. Ah I’m a red wine man myself Nemira! Still, I enjoy a bit of white every now and again ( especially the dry sparkling stuff! ) 🙂

  4. Chris,
    I would’ve never known that wine of all things can help your heart until I read this post, great job. When I’m reading this, it makes sense because grapes are really good for you and are great for your heart. I would definitely not think that white wine would help you lose weight. Great informative post.

    1. Hi Alan – well you learn something new every day right? 🙂

      Great to hear from you and to see your positive feedback on our article – thanks for stopping by!

  5. Chris, I loved reading this article because I prefer white wine myself. Personally I find red wine too dry and I like the sweetness that white wines have. Like you acknowledged in your post, I have also heard most often that red wines are good for your health, but I am glad to hear that white wines are too! This is a very informational and helpful article, well done!

  6. Wow, this is so interesting! I’ve always heard news stories and articles in the media saying red wine has health benefits, but I didn’t know white wine offered health benefits too.
    I was quite surprised by the study saying moderate white wine consumption improved lung health!
    Maybe I should start enjoying a glass here and there..

    1. Hi Alana

      A glass here and there is fine but the key word in your comment is moderation! Remember – white wine has a lot more calories in it than red wine…it really can mess up a diet plan (and we all know how easy it is to drink!).

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