We’ve all heard the rumor that some wines may not be so bad for us after all, at least in moderation. Of course not drinking wine, in general, is the healthiest option, but we understand that for some it’s essential. There are plenty of healthier wine alternatives, you just have to look a little harder. So, with that being said, read on for more information about the potential benefits of drinking wine and how to choose the right ones.
What are the health benefits of wine?
Over the years, studies have suggested that wine can potentially result in a few different health benefits. For example, in a 2020 study, people who drank low amounts of wine had better cognitive abilities than the alternative. Additionally, a 2017 study showed that light drinkers are 26% less likely to die of heart disease – for some, it can protect the heart.
There have also been links that have shown an improvement in cholesterol levels. There’s evidence that drinking wine may boost your HDL cholesterol – which is the one that doesn’t do harm. Certain nutrients within the wine may also help in preventing type 2 diabetes, and lastly, it can assist in gut microbiome diversity. Although we recommend that any amount of alcohol will negatively impact one’s health, it’s nice to believe that there may be more information unfolding of the benefits it has.
How do I choose healthier wines?
If you are a wine drinker and are looking for healthier options, there are a few different factors that affect the antioxidant content. There are a few different options when it comes to going in a healthier direction with your wine selection.
Choose a “natural” wine
Natural wines contain one ingredient – grapes, believe it or not. This is different than many wines which can have over 50 added ingredients to improve taste and color. With less added sugars, there is less alcohol produced therefore helping you enjoy an alcoholic beverage with little risk of artificial sugars and too much alcohol.
Low-alcohol wines are much less harmful to your health than higher percentages. Some types of wines are natural with low ABV levels – between 5.5% to 12.5. There are also plenty of delicious non-alcoholic wines, but those come with the trade-off of artificial sugars.
Try a pinot noir
Lastly, pick up a bottle of pinot noir next time your at the store! Pinot noir has a reputation for being a healthier wine option. Pinot grapes are produced in a cooler climate and tend to have a lower ABV and fewer calories. Look for a pinot noir from France or Germany, those are the most natural.
Visit Krasi in Boston, MA
Bring this list with you next time you visit Krasi in Boston, MA! We have an extensive wine list to match any palette. Don’t hesitate to ask us about our wines and we will provide you with the best recommendations. Make reservations today!