Why a glass of red wine is healthier than grape juice

Why a glass of red wine is healthier than grape juice

Many people have heard that there are healthcare benefits to be found in red wine. Some may wonder why the same benefits can’t be found in grape juice.

What’s in red wine and grape juice?

The compound present in both red wine and grape juice that has gotten so much attention is the antioxidant resveratrol. It’s shown to increase the body’s level of healthy cholesterol, HDL, and to decrease the likelihood of blood clots, thus reducing the risk of coronary heart disease.

What’s so special about wine?

So, if resveratrol is also in grape juice, why isn’t grape juice as healthy for you as wine? For starters, red wine utilizes more of the skin of the grape, which is loaded with antioxidants. Also, at this point no one knows for sure, but Dr. Leonard Guarente of MIT suggests that there may be another unidentified component that’s present in the wine, but absent in the grape juice, that works along with the wine’s resveratrol to deliver its health benefits.

Go easy on both wine and grape juice

The benefits of drinking red wine for your healthcare are only available when taken in moderation. Grape juice, however, also should be consumed in moderation. It won’t give you a hangover, but it’s loaded with sugar.

 

 

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