I can’t say I’ve ever met a bottle of red wine I didn’t like, but it’s very possible I’ve met some that weren’t the healthiest. Don’t get me wrong, red wine is good for you (in moderation, of course) and that’s not just an excuse to pour it up, pour it up – it’s been scientifically studied time and time again. Antioxidants in wine, specifically red wine, like resveratrol (pinot noir) and flavonoids (cabernet) have been shown to have heart-healthy benefits. A recent study published in the Journal of Agricultural and Food Chemistry even found that red wine may help fight cavities.
But, all red wines aren’t created equal. With so many options to choose from on the shelves, it’s important to know what to look for in a bottle to get maximum health benefits. Use the tips below to help make your decision a little easier.
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1. Look for a lower ABV percentage.
If you’re a fan of the sweeter wines, keep in mind that you’re looking to drink wine and not juice. The alcohol content, usually shown as an alcohol by volume (ABV) percentage not only shows the alcoholic strength of the wine, but is an indicator of how much sugar. The higher the percentage, the more sugar. If you have a choice between 13% ABV and 16%, consider the extra sugar and go with the 13%.
2. Consider where the grapes were grown.
Could it be possible the alcohol in wine kills off any added pesticides and chemicals? I’d love to believe that, but until it’s proven, I’d like to enjoy my wine chemical-free if possible. Experts recommend buying from boutique wineries or old-fashioned wineries instead of the huge, “big box” brands, for that very reason. There’s a better chance grapes from the smaller wineries have not been treated with synthetic additives. Buying organic wines are also a great option.
3. Try dry.
Red wines that fall in the dry category,like cabernets, are shown to have higher levels flavonoids. Flavonoids help prevent heart disease and promote “good” cholesterol levels. The sweeter the wine, the lower the amount of flavonoids Skip the Zinfandel!
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