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Q&A: What are the Healthiest Wines?


Q: I love wine, but I also want to be healthy. What are the healthiest wines to drink?

A: To get the most health benefits from wine, opt for red wines like pinot noir, syrah, cabernet, and merlot. Wines made using red grapes are packed with healthy antioxidants, particularly flavonoids like anthocyanins and tannins, and reservatol.

While there’s promising research on the health benefits of drinking red wine, including improvements in cardiovascular health, cancer protection, cognitive benefits, and possibly longevity, more research is needed to fully understand the importance of the amount, ingredients, and frequency of alcohol that contributes to the health benefits within individuals. Limit your wine intake to 5 ounces per day if you’re a woman and 10 ounces if you’re a man to stay within the healthy guidelines set by the American Heart Association.

Originally published August 8, 2011. Updated August 5, 2015.

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