Wine is the primary choice when it comes to top alcohol choices. In fact, 75% of adults drink wine, and 44% of those individuals drink at least a few glasses per week. While wines come in varieties of reds, whites, rosés, sparkling, and blends, red comes out as the most popular of them all. Little do many know that it's not only about enjoying a glass of wine, but also drinking in the many health benefits that come with it.
Red wine, made from fermented grapes, is packed with antioxidants, making them great for building up the immune system. Unfortunately, grapes (and other fruits that we love so much) are usually loaded with sugar and are often high in calories, making us rethink our portion sizes.
A 5-ounce (148-mL) serving of red wine contains:
- Calories: 125
- Protein: 0g
- Fat: 0g
- Carbs: 4g
- Sugar: 1g
- Alcohol: 16g
It’s important to note that not all wine types are the same. They typically vary in both sugar and calorie content and are partially responsible for making certain wines such as red better for us than others.
Immunity and Digestion
Red wine contains probiotic compounds that create and boost healthy gut bacteria in the body. As a result, wine can improve digestion for those with stomach irritation. Although it contains some vitamins and minerals, red wine still contains some of these nutrients. One glass of wine provides the body with 0.2 mg or 10% of manganese and small amounts of iron, magnesium, phosphorus, and potassium. From the skin of grapes, red wine is rich in resveratrol, which acts as an antioxidant, protecting against pathogens, like bacteria and fungi, and preventing blood clots. Resveratrol and other antioxidants also help with blood sugar control, inflammation, and heart health. Ultimately, drinking alcohol in moderation (no more than one drink a day for women and no more than two drinks a day for men) offers protection against heart disease.
Alcohol and Blood Sugar
Drinking in moderation can not only help prevent heart disease, but it can lower blood sugar as well. A study found that moderate consumption of alcohol improved glycemic status and reduced the risk of type 2 diabetes. While there has not been significant testing on this theory, results so far have concluded that there is somewhat of a correlation between alcohol intake and diabetes. Managing blood sugar levels helps aid in weight loss, as many individuals living with type 2 diabetes tend to be overweight.
With the many health benefits that red wine offers, it’s easy to see why many may over-consume this alcoholic beverage. However, keep in mind that caloric intake can still increase with red wine, especially if one excessively drinks. Beer and mixed drinks can be loaded with carbs and sugar, but most reds allow us to enjoy ourselves within limits while reaping the long list of benefits.
Author : Jennifer Dutton, Blog Writer, DrinkLyte Co. "Helping Grow CPG Brands Beyond Their Potential"