Good news for white wine lovers. New research shows that white wine is just as good for your heart as red—find out which are the best to drink

By Lisa Hannam

The health benefits of white wine

Move over, red.

A study published in September in the Journal of Agricultural and Food Chemistry compared the antioxidant effects of resveratrol (from red) and tyrosol and hydroxytyrosol (from white) on rats. The results suggest that white wine is just as powerful as red in improving heart function and preventing artery blockage.

“We tested a variety of wines,” says Dipak K. Das, a professor at the University of Connecticut school of medicine, who led the study. “We found that white wines are rich in a type of antioxidant composition that is similarly present in olive oil.”

But not all white wines pack the same antioxidant punch. Das has tested wines from all over the globe and recommends certain European white wines—those from Italy, France and Germany—as being rich in tyrosol and hydroxytyrosol.

“In general, it can safely be said that some whites from Europe are as good as red wine from anywhere for heart health,” says Das.

One thing hasn’t changed: Stick to a glass a day.

This article was originally titled "Move Over, Red," in the January/February 2009 issue of Best Health Magazine. Subscribe today and never miss an issue!

Best Health Magazine, January/February 2009

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