The health benefits and detriments of drinking wine are heavily debated. There is evidence to suggest that drinking one or two glasses of certain wines per day is very beneficial to the average person’s health, yet there is also evidence that suggests that wine consumption can aggravate certain conditions, so certain people should stay away from it. There is still much to learn about the health pros and cons of drinking red, white or sparkling wine, but there are some things we can deduce based on what we already know.
Red wines have been found to contain more health benefits than white or sparkling, yet red wines can cause health concerns, also. The polyphenols found in grape skins that help prevent heart disease are transferred into red wine, making it a benefit to your cardiovascular system. The resveratrol in red wine has been found to decrease symptoms of Alzheimer’s, decrease risk of prostate cancer and increase longevity. On the downside, drinking red wine can damage teeth with its acidity, induce migraines, increase risk of breast cancer and set off allergic reactions in certain people. This information concludes that drinking one or two glasses of red wine per day is beneficial unless you have bad teeth, suffer from migraines, experience an allergic reaction when drinking red wine or are a woman with a history of breast cancer in your family.
Sparkling wine is found to have similar health benefits as red wine since it is partly made from the same grapes, and even boasts fewer calories than red wine. It can, however, cause even more severe migraines than red wine. White wine has fewer benefits than red wine, but one health benefit that is unique to white wine is that it has been found to contribute to lung tissue health. It is the most acidic of any type of wine, so is known to do the most damage to the teeth. Doctors typically advise that if one does not drink wine, they should not start. However, for those who already drink wine, limiting consumption to one or two glasses a day will maximize its benefits and minimize its detriments.