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How To Choose a Healthier Wine

By Susan Melony | Lifestyle

May 30
Red wine

Most wine-lovers have rejoiced over recent years as increasing evidence has come to light showing that wine has potential health benefits. Many wines are packed with antioxidants, and some of the possible health benefits they may bring include helping reduce the risk of heart attack and heart disease, the development of Type 2 diabetes, and slowing decline in brain function.

Of course, it should be noted that wine is only shown to be beneficial when it’s enjoyed in moderation.

So, with that being said, it’s also possible to up the potential benefits of your wine when you choose the right types. Whether you’re buying online from an e-commerce wine shop like Country Wine & Spiritsor you’re visiting your favorite local restaurant, the following are some specific ways you can choose a healthier wine.

Go Red

If you’re going to be choosing a wine and you want to maximize potential health benefits, go with red. Red wine tends to have less natural sugar than white wine, and it’s also higher in choline. Choline is thought to help prevent liver damage and also reduce bodily inflammation.

In general red wine tends to have more antioxidants as well, like resveratrol. This substance has been shown to have anti-aging benefits, and may even aid in the prevention of cancer.

Among red wines, pinot noirs tend to have the highest concentration of resveratrol.

Look for Lower Alcohol Content

The percentage of alcohol content in a bottle of wine may range from 9 to 16 percent. This is important not just because it indicates the potential for intoxication of a bottle of wine, but with a lower percentage of alcohol, there is also typically going to be less sugar, making that wine healthier by comparison.

Use An App

Looking for the perfect wine? There’s an app for that, of course. There are quite a few wine app options, but a good one is Vivino. Vivino is an app with tens of millions of users, and you can simply snap a picture of a wine label to find out more information about it, and also read reviews and find out details of the wineries where it came from.

It’s a good way not just to choose wines that you’ll enjoy taste-wise, but also to find out details that can empower you to make a healthier choice.

Sustainability

Finally, try to learn more about the wineries where a bottle comes from. First, you might want to try and find wines that are farmed sustainably. This means that the grapes used in the wine are made without the use of pesticides, and they may have fewer chemicals than non-sustainable options. It’s a good way to reduce the chemicals you’re consuming, and they also don’t contain added sulfites, which can help prevent the dreaded wine headache.

Look for farms that still use traditional winemaking methods as well. Wineries that user newer methods may actually cut down on some of the beneficial properties of the grapes such as the antioxidants when they speed up the aging process.

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