We all know what an apple a day can do, but what about a glass a day? Does your favourite crushed grape juice help or hinder your health? If a $20 bottle could save you a $200 trip to the doctor's office, you'll want to start saving now! So, what is the deal with that grape juice?
We've talked a little bit about red wine a few times before. In the sirtfood diet, the Mediterranean diet, keto diet and low-FODMAP diet (among others) a glass of red wine is very welcome. Red wine is infamous for its antioxidants, anti-inflammatory properties and some suggestions that it can reduce the risk of stroke, heart disease, and type 2 diabetes.
Red wine's sweeter sister, white wine is less known for its health benefits, but they are actually pretty similar on a comparison. White wine still contains those important antioxidants, anti-inflammatories and potentially reduces the risk of some diseases. Compared to red wine, white wine also contains fewer calories and can be easier for people to digest.
Locally sourced, organic and small-batch wines are even better because they're free from pesticides, herbicides, chemical growing, and often have higher quality ingredients which retain their nutrients better. Finding a genuine brand who makes wine the way you like it using high quality, organic fruit is one way to make the cup work harder for you.
The best thing about wine is that the non-alcoholic options exist, too, and they're even better than their counterparts! As well as having 0% alcohol (which can reduce the risk of liver problems, high blood sugar, addiction and a hangover), they're generally fewer in calories while still retaining all the good parts of a whole alcohol version.
While wine shouldn't replace a good glass of water, and you should always drink responsibly, moderate amounts of both red and white wine have a place on your plate. A glass a day won't necessarily keep the doctor away from your yearly general health check up, but anti-oxidants and anti-inflammatories can keep your body safe from chronic illness and conditions.
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