Beware of These Wines: They’re Not as Healthy as You Think

When it comes to vino and your health, some wines are better than others. Red wine, in particular, can be good for you, since it contains resveratrol, an antioxidant that fights aging and promotes greater heart health. Yet there are some wines out there that don’t measure up in terms of benefits. To make the most of your wine splurge, avoid these picks that aren’t so great for you, as then you’re mostly just taking in empty calories to get that buzz. Plus, a tip: red wine has more antioxidants than white, so consider that slight advantage when choosing your bottle.


Be wary of those sweet wines. “Though a personal favorite of mine, Riesling contains a very high amount of residual sugar, which in turn is broken down into fat and can also lead to a more severe hangover,” says Jared Gelband, wine and beverage director at Italian Village Restaurants in Chicago, to POPSUGAR. Unless you choose a drier Riesling, don’t make it your go-to sip to pair with a bowl of pasta. “I recommend Trocken label Rieslings, which are drier and have lower amounts of sugar in the wine, as they are fermented to dry,” he adds.


A rich Italian dry red wine, Amarone is pretty strong, and it’ll get you drunk fast. “Too much alcohol has a negative effect on the liver,” he says. It’s smart to stay away from certain Amarones, since the full-bodied reds have some of the highest alcohol content, he notes. It can be upwards of 17 percent alcohol by volume, which is a whole lot. If you’re drinking this, pace yourself well and don’t drink too much.


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