Red Wine vs White Wine: Which is Healthier

In general, wine, which is made by fermenting grape juice, is healthy as it reduces the risks of heart diseases, cancer, stroke, and Alzheimer’s and regulates the body’s cholesterol levels. Therefore, it is associated with lowering the morbidity level of a person.

Red wine is produced by fermenting grape juice along with the grape skin, seeds, and stems and executing the pressing process after fermentation while doing the pressing before fermentation, which excludes the extra elements, produces white wine.

Comparing the nutritional contents of red and white wines reveal that they are almost equally packed with calories, carbs, manganese, potassium, magnesium, Vitamin B6, iron, Riboflavin, Phosphorus, Niacin, calcium, vitamin K, and zinc, with red wine containing just slightly higher amounts of some of these nutrients compared to white wine.

But to answer the question of which is healthier, red or white, here is a rundown of their comparison to settle the debate.

Red Wine is known for its heart-health benefits. As shown by multiple studies, it is shown to reduce the risk of heart disease to 30% by providing the body with antioxidant, anti-inflammatory effects, and increased levels of “good” HDL cholesterol.

This wine also slows down the debilitating effects of age in our mind and memory due to its rich content of resveratrol, an antioxidant-like compound that prevents the formation of beta-amyloids consequently linked to Alzheimer’s disease. This compound also helps with joint pain, enhances the body’s insulin sensitivity crucial in regulating diabetes development, reduces the risk of developing gallstones, and possibly helps in regulating cancer formation.


As mentioned, white wine may also contain these benefits but in a lesser amount. It also contains slightly more carbohydrate content. However, its major difference from red wine is that it contains fewer calories at 115 per glass as compared to red wine’s 125 per glass.

So, if you’re conscious about your calorie intake, this is something you may consider. It is also less alcoholic than red wine so you can enjoy a fair amount of white wine without having to worry about getting drunk.

Group of friends having a meal outdoors. They are celebrating with a toast using wine. They are all happy and smiling. There are bowls of food on the table including salad and spaghetti Bolognese. Multi ethnic group.

Nevertheless, drinking wine should still be moderated despite these benefits. As we say, too much of something is already poisonous. For men, one to two drinks a day is the prescribed threshold for wine intake while women can enjoy one drink a day.

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