We all are guilty for having a little wine now then. And a glass or two is okay...just don’t drink the whole bottle like my clients like to do!! LOL. Many of us are very health conscious and care a lot about what we put into our bodies. For some reason that seems to stop when it comes to wine, but it shouldn’t have to! Listed below are the healthiest of wines!!
Many varieties of red wine, especially pinot noir, contains a greater amount of the plant compound resveratrol than is found in white wine. Studies have indicated resveratrol contributes to lower cholesterol, a reduced risk of blood clots and general longevity.
Benefits of resveratrol
Anti-inflammatory properties, which prevent LDL oxidation and make it difficult for blood platelets to stick together and lead to clotting and heart attacks.
Protection of nerve cells from damage and plaque buildup, common causes of Alzheimer’s disease.
Resveratrol is believed to prevent insulin resistance and protect against diabetes.
Resveratrol may also prevent cancer cells from spreading.
All of these compounds are present in greater quantities in red wine than in white wine. This is why your doctor may recommend a daily dose of red wine over white.
The best red wines for your health include: Pinot Noir, Cabernet Sauvignon, Madirans, Merlot, Syrahs (or Shiraz) and Barbera.
Pinot Noir Not only is a five-ounce glass of pinot noir only 121 calories, it also contains the highest concentration of resveratrol than any other wine.
Riesling/Pinot Grigio (110 calories per glass)
In general, white wines tend to be lower in alcohol and calories than reds. Light white varieties such as Riesling, pinot grigio, and vino verde have fewer calories than whites with higher ABVs like Moscato, Chardonnay, sauvignon blanc, and viognier.
Sparkling wines (110 calories per flute)
A glass of bubbly seems like the perfect summer drink, but be sure to check the label for a “brut nature” or “brut zero” designation, which signifies that hardly any extra sugar has been added.
While all sparkling wines have a certain amount of sugar, which is necessary for the fermentation process that creates the bubbles, if you’re avoiding sugar stick to brut nature varieties of Champagne, Cava, and sparkling wine from the U.S.
These regions have stricter rules about added sugar than Italy, where prosecco is produced. One five-ounce glass of brut nature Champagne has around 120 calories, compared to around 175 for a sweet Champagne.
Rose (140 calories per glass)
Similar in calorie count to reds, Rosé is a slightly sweeter alternative and your classic summer wine. You obviously can’t go without it, and you don’t need to.