While red wine’s health benefits, primarily heart related, have been thoroughly documented (though disputed at times), a newly revealed, long-running study claims that white wine is equally effective. So, if you’re a white wine drinker, is it time to rejoice? That depends — and the same caveat applies for red wine drinkers too:
We found that moderate wine drinking was only protective in people who exercised. Red and white wine produced the same results.
Seems like a simple formula to us:
Here are the details from the study, In Vino Veritas (you have to love that name!):
For one year, subjects drank “moderate” amounts of wine five days per week. For men, that meant 0.3 to 0.4 liters daily, about two to two-and-a-half glasses. For women it meant 0.2 to 0.3 liters, about one to two glasses. (A more common definition is one glass for women and two glasses for men.) Half of the 146 subjects drank pinot noir, and half drank a white “chardonnay-pinot.” The participants logged any and all alcohol consumption in journals, where they also kept track of their diets and physical activity.
By itself, drinking wine did not appreciably affect cholesterol, blood glucose, triglycerides, or levels of inflammatory markers like C-reactive protein. It also did not appreciably damage people’s livers during the year, at least, based on liver-function tests.
But then Táborský and company ran a more specific analysis that looked at people who exercised. Among those who worked out twice per week and drank wine, there was significant improvement in cholesterol levels (increased HDL and decreased LDL) after a year of wine—red or white, no matter.
“Our current study shows that the combination of moderate wine drinking plus regular exercise improves markers of atherosclerosis,” said Táborský, “suggesting that this combination is protective against cardiovascular disease.”
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