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Serious Question: Is Wine Actually Good for You?

All that said, you don’t have to give up wine completely. Stella Metsovas, an expert in food science and nutrition and author of Wild Mediterranean, says, “Wine is considered a dietary source of polyphenols by many Mediterranean countries,” Metsovas says. “Grapes contain these antioxidants and have been shown to possess many bioactive properties such as free radical scavenging, antimicrobial, and chemopreventive benefits in the body.” So as long as you’re mindful with your consumption, wine can be part of your healthy lifestyle.

I recommend drinking a glass or two earlier in the evening to prevent any issues with sleep due to the alcohol and sugars. And always drink at least one cup of water per five ounces of wine,” she advises.

Obviously, we had to know: Is it better or worse to drink wine after exercising? Like, if we SoulCycle first and then have a couple glasses of vino, those totally cancel each other out, right?

We were fully expecting to be brutally rebuffed, but Metsovas says that having wine after exercising can be a good thing. “I do believe drinking a glass of wine two hours or so after a good workout is beneficial due to the natural vasodilator properties,” she explains. “Wine is considered more potent of a vasodilator than hard alcohol due to the polyphenol and tannic acid concentration. Vasodilation means that blood vessels dilate (open), which allows blood to flow more easily.” (That sound you hear is us booking our bikes for tonight.)

Okay, so we may be considering lowering the amount of wine we consume—but we’re not going to cut it out completely. Here’s how you can choose a “healthier” wine.

“Red wine is known to possess higher levels of polyphenols. However, white wine contains a simpler class of phenols, such as hydroxytyrosol, which is also found in extra-virgin olive oil. These properties carry a synergistic value that can be compared to the polyphenols found in red wine,” she explains. “Personally, I drink mostly dry-farmed white wines!”

Another thing to consider when choosing wine is whether it contains sulfites or not. “Sulfite-free wine contains more microbial diversity than sulfite-added wines, and according to a research article in The Journal of Bioscience and Bioengineering, wines that are sulfite-free during fermentation contain even more diversity,” adds Metsovas. She recommends choosing dry-farmed wines whenever possible.

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