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Nothing to WINE About!

Nothing to WINE about!

By Juliana Jacobs, MS RD CDN

So, what’s the real deal with our wine?

As the saying goes, everything in moderation…even our beloved vino! Wine not only livens up the party, but may be shown to have beneficial health implications as well. Fruit of the vine appears to boost levels of HDL, the “good” cholesterol, and helps prevent LDL, or bad cholesterol, from causing damage to the lining of our arteries.

Which is the best wine to stick to this holiday season?

Dry wines such as Pinot Grigio, Sauvignon Blanc (white) and Cabernet Sauvignon (red) contain less than 1 residual gram of sugar per 5-ounce serving. It is best to avoid sweet Reislings or dessert wines, which tend to be higher in sugar and can pack on those pesky pounds.

Red wine contains the most resveratrol and flavonoids, important antioxidants found in wine that can improve hearth health by preventing blood vessel damage, as well as reducing LDL cholesterolResveratrol also linked to prevention of inflammation and diabetes. But be aware, red wine does not contain a large amount of these antioxidants, so an individual would need to drink many glasses in order to obtain the health benefits. And there may be up to 130 calories per glass!

White wine contains antioxidants in white wine may help protect lung function and promote heart health. But be aware, white wines are the most acidic, which can worsen acid-reflux and cause damage to tooth enamel if consumed over a long period of time. Additionally, because white wine is stripped of the grape skins when being processed, it does not contain as many health benefits as red wine, but does have the same caloric content.

If you are going to drink wine, it is recommended that you stick to the appropriate guidelines for alcohol consumption, 1-2 servings per day for men and 1 serving per day for women. Individuals who consume more than this recommended amount per day can increase their risk for future health complications. So drink smartly this holiday season…be aware of serving sizes and make sure not to consume alcohol on an empty stomach. If not, there’s always next year!

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