A Toast to Your Health:
Which is Better, Beer or
B LOG | V I L L AGE WAREHOU S E W IN E & S P I R I T S
A hundred years ago, experts observed
that chest pain, also known as angina,
was far less common in France than in
This comparatively low rate of heart
disease in France despite a diet that
includes plenty of butter and cheese
was later called the French paradox.
Experts suggested that red wine makes
However, the diet and lifestyle in parts
of France, especially in the south, have
much in common with other
Mediterranean regions, and these also
account for some of the protection
against cardiovascular diseases.
Evidence showed that red wine, when
drunk before a meal, offers more
cardiovascular benefits than beers or
Wine drinking countries have a lower
prevalence of coronary heart diseases
than in beer or liquor drinking nations.
Why is Wine Healthy?
Aside from alcohol, red wine contains
polyphenols, which can help relax the
blood vessel walls.
They prevent the oxidation of low-
density lipoprotein (L.D.L.) or “bad”
cholesterol, which is a key in the
formation of plaque.
Flavonoids impart the unique color
and taste of wines. They are also
present in other plant foods such as
apples, blueberries, strawberries,
onions, dark chocolates, and teas.
Other polyphenols specific to red wine
include epicatechins, resveratrol, and
quercetin. Red wine is said to be more
beneficial for health than white wine
because it contains about 10 times
Because of the health benefits from
wine are often attributed to its
polyphenol content, experts have
looked at dealcoholized wines.
These drinks undergo fermentation.
The ethanol is filtered out while
Results of small studies showed that
dealcoholized wine helped reduce
insulin resistance and increased levels
of nitric oxide among individuals with
heart disease risk factors. These relax
the blood vessels, thereby lowering