For years, red wine was considered a superstar cocktail among doctors. White wine has lived in the shadows of its darker brother, but not anymore. Recent studies have shown that drinking a glass of white wine every day has numerous health benefits. Therefore, grab your glass of Chardonnay, Sauvignon Blanc, Pinot Blanc or Riesling and stay with us as we go through the advantages of drinking white wine.
White wine and heart benefits
The recent study conducted by professors at the Cardiovascular Research Center at the University of Connecticut shows that white wine is just as good for your heart as its red counterpart. White wine has the same cardioprotective effects, namely preventing heart attacks.
The difference is that the cardio effects of white wine come from different compounds. White wine is produced from the pulp of the grape and as a result, white wine contains resveratrol, an antioxidant that many scientists believe helps with heart issues. Along with resveratrol, white wine contains tyrosol and hydroxytyrosol, two other antioxidants that you cannot find in red wine. Combine all three antioxidants, and you have a drink that provides all the health benefits of the Mediterranean diet.
White wine and overall health
During the research at the University of Connecticut, scientists also found out that white wine activates Sirtuin 1, a gene that slows the aging process. And that is not all, according to the research, white wine also prevents and regulates diabetes, boost the immune system, increases blood flow with kidney problems and much more.
Studies have also shown that drinking white wine lowers the risk of women developing ovarian cancer. According to Arthur Klatsky, a cardiologist and epidemiologist, what makes white wine so special and healthy is the alcohol itself. According to the cardiologist, there are numerous benefits of drinking moderate amounts of wine, and light drinking alcohol reduces the risk of diabetes.
Other studies have shown a connection between lower stroke rates and alcohol. And if that isn’t good enough for you, drinking alcohol such as white wine raises the HDL good cholesterol.
Further studies have shown that drinking light amount of white wine increases our body absorption of antioxidants, which results in lower mortality, lower bacteria levels and better bone density.
Same as with red wine, white wine is best consumed when paired with food. The good news is that white wines are versatile and they work with every cuisine, no matter if it is an appetizer, main dish or a desert. It is best to serve white wines little chilled, and most of them are better when served early, not aged. Here are three popular wine choices and best food pairings.
Chardonnay is the most popular and well-known white wine. It is rich with fruit and citrus flavor, available in both sparkling and still options. Considered a dry wine with delicate smoothness, Chardonnay is best served with appetizers such as provolone, or a platter with nuts and black olives. Seafood, both as appetizer or as main dish works excellent with Chardonnay. Other main dishes include chicken and risotto. If you serve it with deserts, make sure to serve fruits like mango, pineapple, apple or melon aside the wine.
Next wine on the list is Pinot Blanc, a light and fruity type of wine that is very similar to the Chardonnay, just little dryer. It has high acidity, making the wine excellent neutral choice for food pairings. Some options include mild cheese, seasoned meats, pastas, pies and sauced fruits.
Last, but not least, you can try Riesling, a favorite among wine lovers for hundreds of years. Riesling is one of the most adaptable white wines, and its versatility comes from the variety of flavors and aromas. Creamy cheeses work best with Riesling, as well as leafy green salads, omelets, grilled fish, Indian cuisine, ice cream, cheesecakes and all other deserts you can think of.