Now white wine has the health benefits
'The first of a new generation of
wines deliberately enriched with antioxidants'
London - If you're a confirmed white wine drinker but want all the health benefits that
red has to offer, French scientists may have just the thing for you.
They have developed a wine called Paradoxe Blanc that is rich in polyphenols which may
help to prevent heart disease.
"Polyphenols are concentrated in the skin of grapes, and it's mostly the way red wine
is made that gives it a higher polyphenol content," New Scientist magazine said on
Pierre-Louis Teissedre and a team of scientists at the University of Montpellier in France
used white grapes containing plenty of polyphenols and altered the wine making process to
produce a white with all the reported benefits of its red counterpart.
Polyphenols are antioxidants which destroy harmful substances called free radicals that
can cause cancer. They may also help to keep arteries clear and reduce heart disease.
Paradoxe Blanc, a pun on the so-called French paradox of low heart disease in a country
whose people enjoy a rich diet, was originally developed for people with Type 1 diabetes
whose bodies cannot destroy free radicals efficiently.
Tests of the wine suggest a glass or two a day restores antioxidant levels in diabetics,
according to the magazine.
"But the team has yet to show that their wine keeps arteries clear of fat deposits
and thus reduces the chances of heart attack or strokes," it added.
Although the benefits of a glass or two of red wine a day have been well documented,
medical experts now say that equal amounts of other alcoholic drinks are just as good.
But wine makers are undeterred by the scepticism.
"Paradoxe Blanc, now available commercially, is just the first of a new generation of
wines deliberately enriched with antioxidants," the magazine said.