National White Wine Day on August 3rd is the perfect opportunity to enjoy a glass of white wine!
White wine is generally considered to be lighter and more refreshing than red wine and many prefer to drink white wine during warmer months of the year. White wines make for great apéritifs before a meal, as a pairing with fish or white meat dishes, and a great accompaniment to dessert – or as a dessert itself. So, whether it is a chardonnay or a sauvignon blanc, National White Wine Day is here and it’s time to relax and treat yourself!
The benefits of drinking red wine are well known, but it is time for white wine to have it’s turn in the spotlight! Similar to red, white wine could help keep your heart healthy as well. A recent study found that red wine and white wine lowered LDL cholesterol levels in participants after one year. While wine consumption was associated with lower levels of this bad cholesterol, it did not raise levels of good cholesterol or HDL.
When consumed in moderation, white wine and red wine can both provide some benefits for your heart. White wine has been shown by researchers at the University of Barcelona to be higher in antioxidants and has been associated with weight loss and anti-aging effects. The antioxidants in white wine have compounds that help your body fight oxidative stress. Where and how you drink your white wine matter. A glass of white, a table of friends and some fresh air are all good at reducing stress hormones and keeping you well.
In addition, the antioxidant composition of European white wines is comparable to that of olive oil, and whites may be just as effective as reds in facilitating healthy heart and artery function.
Of course, these benefits are gained when drinking white wine in moderation, as part of a healthy, balanced lifestyle. Today, on National White Wine Day, we say cheers to this delicious light drink!