We all have that friend who is obsessed with wine — the one who can actually taste notes of blackberry and oat while we’re proud of ourselves for recognizing that it’s a cabernet. Well, it turns out your wine snob friend may be on to something. Wine has long been thought to be beneficial for our health, so long as it’s consumed in moderation. Usually red wine gets all the attention, but a study in the Journal of Agricultural and Food Chemistry found that white wine may have the same health benefits.
Dating back to 6,000 BC, humans have always loved their wine. Back then it was reserved for aristocrats and clergy, but these days anyone can enjoy a nice glass of two buck chuck. Ancient Egyptians used wine as medicine, and they may have been way ahead of their time. Red wine may actually protect against heart disease. Scientists believe the antioxidants found in red wine help prevent cholesterol buildup in our arteries. It’s this cholesterol buildup that can lead to heart disease. However, don’t expect a prescription for cabernet any time soon. Doctors are not ready to actually recommend alcohol, especially if alcoholism runs in your family.
But if you usually enjoy a glass of wine after winding down from a long day, get ready for some serious health benefits. Everything from dementia to sunburn can be prevented with your nightly glass. Read on for some of the craziest reasons to pop that cork tonight.