Which is Healthier: Red Wine or White Wine?

We all know that certain foods go with certain wines, and we certainly know what our favorite wines are, but which types of wine can be considered the healthiest? We’ve got the facts and the stats on the Red Vs White debate!

In overall calories Red wines are a little higher than their White counterparts. But don’t jump on that just yet, as a five-ounce glass of Red has one hundred and twenty-five calories which makes it only slightly more than the same amount of White, clocking in at one-hundred and twenty-one. Red wines the loser here, but it’s a hairsbreadth victory for White.

corkIn terms of carbohydrates it’s a draw with both glasses weighing in at three point eight grams, but White has nearly twice the amount of natural sugars found in Red, hence the crisp sweetness of certain Rieslings for instance, and as a result you’ll have to watch your intake of other sweet foods if you’re on the White tonight!

In terms of essential minerals Red starts to win hands down. A glass of Red holds double the iron of it’s White counterpart and considerably more potassium, magnesium and phosphorous as well.

Both glasses are equally good for your bones however, as they have the same amount of calcium. But don’t let that fool you! White wine is generally the higher in acidity, meaning it’s bad for your teeth.

Red wins outright on its carotenoid level. These are organic pigments, the sort of things that give stuff like Red wine its rich color, and they’re also proven to prevent macular degeneration. So if you want to keep your eyes healthy then we advise Red wine for with your carrots!

wineWhite simply doesn’t have any in comparison, sorry!

Both have a thing called Choline though, and though Red’s Choline content is a little higher this is an essential chemical the body needs to maintain a healthy liver, meaning that any wine in moderation beats beer or spirits for overall healthy and responsible drinking.

So, whatever your personal preference, Red beats White in the health stakes hands down.

A higher mineral content coupled with a lower sugar level means that the recommended daily intake, one glass a day for women and one to two for men, is actually quite good for you; so long as you don’t feel obliged to finish the bottle of course!

If White wine is your passion, then we advise sticking to the dryer examples such as Chardonnay or Pinot Grigot.