White Wine is Healthy, Too!


I was under the impression that red wine was the only type of alcohol that could be enjoyed with the excuse that it had health benefits.  For example, I would think: “Oh, I have to drink this glass of Zinfandel for my heart.  It’s more of an obligation than a luxury.  Really.” 

When I attended the Worlds of Healthy Flavors event hosted by the Culinary Institute of America and the Harvard School of Public Health - Department of Nutrition, I learned that such is not the case.  Dr. Eric Rimm, Associate Professor of Epidemiology and Nutrition at the Harvard School of Public Health, explained that there is no doubt that alcohol in general, not just red wine, is part of a healthy lifestyle.  The benefit of drinking alcohol comes not from the resveratrol found only in red wine, but from the ethanol found in all types of alcohol, including beer, spirits, white wine and red wine.

Dr. Rimm stated that 35 years of data show that if alcohol is consumed in moderation, risks of heart disease are substantially lower.  The greatest benefits from alcohol occur if a person drinks only one drink a day.  Some of the other benefits include increasing good cholesterol, slowing the speed at which blood clots, lowering the risk of Alzheimer’s disease, reducing the risk of hypertension and reducing the risk of diabetes.  There is also some evidence that one serving of alcohol a day may lower the risk of cancer.

So, there you go.  Drink away, as long as it’s just one a day.

Photo courtesy of the Culinary Institute of America.

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[…] Turns out that all alcohol is good for you! Not only red wine, but white and everything else for that matter. The key, as expected, is moderation. One drink a day, this information is according to Dr. Rimm from the Harvard School of Public Health. Benefits include slowing blood clots and reducing the risk of diabetes. (Wine Sediments) […]