Summer usually means a slew of parties. A trendy way to impress guests is to use wine as the base of a refreshing drink. What type of wine do you usually reach for? Many recipes take advantage of the popularity of rosé wine – which typically doesn’t linger long past fall. Other partygoers know that the only way to enjoy summer is with a chilled glass of pinot grigio or chardonnay in hand.
One of the great aspects of wine in the summer is its versatility. On those rare cool nights around a campfire, not much beats sipping a glass of red wine. Common advice tells us that wine is good for us. Is it as good as we hope? What’s the real deal with vino? Here’s what you need to know about wine and your health. Spoiler alert: It’s good and bad news.
Red wine contains anthocyanins
… Which is really a fancy way of saying that the deep color of dark-red wine is chock-full of antioxidants. These can zap the free radicals that are floating around your body and can help protect you from the sun. It can even increase your good cholesterol. In one study from Ben Gurion University in Israel, 224 participants with Type 2 diabetes sipped a glass of red wine every night at dinner. Researchers checked in with them after 24 months and found their cholesterol ratio had improved.
Are you a red, white or rosé fan? Each has its own benefits.
It also contains sulfites
Some wine drinkers have to stay away from red wine. They insist it gives them a headache – sometimes as soon as they finish a glass! This may be due to the sulfites in the wine. Most wines have them as a way to keep them from spoiling quickly. However, as wine blogger WineFolly noted, sulfites are usually in low concentrations in a bottle of wine – typically around 50 parts per million. Individuals with an allergy to sulfites may notice them and react poorly, even at a low concentration. Your best bet? Look for organic or sulfite-free wines. More wineries are producing sulfite-free bottles to cater to customer demands.
White wine can also give skin a healthy glow
Lest you think that red wine drinkers get to have all the fun, a study from the University of Barcelona suggested that white wine may have just as many – or even more – antioxidants than its darker counterpart. The benefit to sipping a cool glass of white could extend into anti-aging territory. You’ll also have an easier time falling asleep. That can lead to you waking up refreshed and staying in shape.
We love the idea that researchers will continue to look closely at wine’s benefits – both red and white. For now, bring together your closest friends and family and relax with a glass of wine in hand. If anyone asks, you’re doing it for your health!