Healthier White Wine
You may now raise your glass to a healthier white wine, for researchers have developed a way to boost the anti-oxidant content of the alcoholic drink so that it has health benefits similar to red wine.
Red wine contains higher levels of antioxidants called polyphenols which are said to lower cholesterol, protect heart and prevent cancer. Polyphenols, found in the skins of grapes, are left on as the pulp ferments when making red wine but they are taken off for white.
Now, a team at Technion-Israel Institute of Technology in Haifa has found they could preserve the polyphenol content of white wine grapes just by leaving the skins to ferment with the pulp for a relatively short time — about 18 hours — and by the addition of a limited amount of pure alcohol.
“Since many of us like white wine I thought I would try to produce one with all the goodies intact.
“The only downside is that it is sweet like a dessert wine because the added alcohol inhibits the ability of sugar in the grape to convert to alcohol,” leading British newspaper the ‘Daily Mail’ quoted Prof Michael Aviram, who led the team, as saying.
According to the researchers, besides providing a more healthful alternative to those who prefer the taste of white wine over red, the development is also promising for those who can’t drink red wine, including some migraine sufferers whose condition can be exacerbated by red.