Which is Healthier: Red Wine or Champagne?
5th January 2022
You would be forgiven in thinking that red wine is good for you, in moderation of course, compared to any other wine. Many studies and untold research show that red wine, especially for your heart, offers a body positive with countries like Italy and France mentioned for longevity of life thanks to a drop of red.
Many health industry professionals through the years have shared their work showing a positive link between moderate red wine drinking and good heart health. From my travels over the years within the wine sector, yes I have visited many red wine producers, they always seem to have senior retired family members swearing by at least a glass of red wine a day to their longevity and continued good health.
“Red wine may get its health benefits from its antioxidant, anti-inflammatory, and lipid-regulating effects. Red wine, made from crushed dark grapes, is a relatively rich source of resveratrol, a natural antioxidant in the skin of grapes. Antioxidants reduce oxidative stress in the body. Oxidative stress has clear links with many diseases, including cancers and heart disease.” source Medical News Today
Though red wine seems to be running home with the prize of being the healthier, Champagne can certainly holt this trend with some decent health benefits itself.
Many people may not realise that plenty of the Champagne that we enjoy are made with black grapes so basically the same ingredient as red wine! The Pinot Noir and (Pinot) Meunier grapes are the two main black grapes used in the production of Champagne, these both show many links to lowering our blood pressure, improving cardiovascular health, and lessening the effects of free radical damage.
Calories also favour Champagne over red wine:
- Average red wine in a medium 170ml glass contains 160 calories
- Average Champagne in a medium 170ml glass contains 120 calories
There are also claims that drinking Champagne regularly can fight memory loss, dementia, and Alzheimer’s disease. (6 Health Benefits of Drinking Champagne)
Healthy skin is another topic that sees Champagne with positive research, namely, it is said to be a good source of polyphenol which helps to combat redness. Carbon dioxide in studies (contained in the bubbles of your Champagne) is said to help to make you look young where it creates a skin tightening effect.
We will finish off by reporting that Champagne is known to be a good source of zinc, potassium, and magnesium that can create a mood lifting sensation.
Co-founder of Glass of Bubbly. Journalist and author focused on Champagne & Sparkling Wines and pairing them with foods.