Since Jon loves to relax with a glass of wine – and will do plenty of relaxing in “retirement” – we’re covering the top myths and misconceptions that surround wine and its impact on our health.
Myth: Only red wine has health benefits.
The Reality: Both red and white wines – as well as all types of alcohol – are linked to a decrease in heart disease. And a moderate intake of red or white wine is linked to a decreased risk of type 2 diabetes, as well.
Red wine does have even more health benefits, however, thanks to the antioxidants and phytochemicals in the grape skins and seeds that are soaked in the barrels with red wine.
Myth: White wine is high in sugar and calories?
The reality: Ounce-for-ounce, red wine and white wine have about the same amount of carbs and calories, and both are very low in sugar.
A five-ounce pour of red or white has approximately 125 calories and four to eight grams of carbs.
Q: Are sulfites responsible for red wine headaches?
A: It’s usually not sulfites that cause a wine headache. White wines, and a variety of other foods like dried fruits often contain as many sulfites, yet they generally don’t cause a reaction.
Tannins (antioxidant-rich compounds in the skins and seeds of grapes) are more likely to blame. Older wines tend to be less tannic, so look for older vintages if you’re prone to headaches.
Plus, stay well-hydrated and keep in mind that “moderate” wine intake moderate is defined as not more than one daily for women and two for men.
Q: What’s the difference between “organic” wine and wine that’s “made with organic grapes”?
A: When the entire winemaking process is certified organic, the wine can be labeled as organic wine. However, if the grapes are organically grown, but the wine has elements that aren’t allowed in organic wine (e.g. sulfites), it can be labeled only as “made with organic grapes.”
Q: Do organic wines, and wines made with organic grapes have more antioxidants?
A: It’s likely, since the soil is rich in vitamins and minerals, and the grapes aren’t treated with synthetic pesticides, herbicides, or fertilizers. But a wine’s antioxidant and nutritional benefits will depend on the individual farming.