For years we’ve been told that red wine is some sort of magical elixir. We’ve heard it a zillion times: you have a glass of red wine a day, the benefits to your body and your health will be bountiful. White wine, not so much. White wine was the Robin to its Batman, the Michelle Williams to the Beyoncé, the 2010 Khloe to the 2010 Kim and Kourtney.
But a new study, published in the Annals of Internal Medicine, suggests that white wine isn’t so meh after all, and shares most of red wine’s health perks.
Previous studies have focused mainly on animal testing or testing the components of the drink itself, but researchers from Ben-Gurion University of the Negev in Israel wanted to look at how safe and effective it is for a specific group of people. So they studied 224 people with Type 2 diabetes (who were non-drinkers prior to the study) who either drank red wine, white wine or water with dinner for two years.
Sounds like our kind of study. According to the Washington Post, the participants had to stay on a strict diet throughout the experiment and only drink in moderation. Researchers monitored various health markers as well as how quickly the participants metabolized the alcohol.
As you may have guessed, red wine drinkers saw the most noticeable improvements, like stabilized cholesterol levels and controlled fats and glucose in the blood. But don’t slam the door in white wine’s face just yet. Those who drank white also showed improvements in the same heart- and metabolism-related markers — just not to the same degree.
Additionally, in both red and white wine-drinking groups, those who naturally processed alcohol more slowly saw greater benefits.
Of course, it’s important to remember those who took part in the study were not only diabetic but also doing it all in moderation which, for some, is no more than a glass a day (for women; for men, it’s two glasses). Anything more and any health benefits disappear.
White wine is reportedly beneficial to your lungs, with research showing that drinking it helps keep lung tissues healthy. And while white wine is worse for your teeth because of its acidity, red wine looks way worse and can stain your lips and teeth. And don’t even get us started on spilling the red stuff. We’ll take white anytime. Or red. Whatever.