What is White Wine

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Having a glass of white wine is not only refreshing and relaxing, but there are also a number of ways in which this popular beverage can boost your overall health!

What is White Wine?

White wine is the broad category of alcoholic beverages made from ‘white’ grapes that take a green or yellow color on ripening. It also refers to wine made from red grapes when the skin’s pigment has been removed, preventing it from staining the juice of the grapes. The most well-known types of wine are:

  • Chardonnay: citrusy and buttery
  • Sauvignon Blanc: grassy and bright
  • Moscato: sweet and fruity
  • Pinot Grigio: crisp and aromatic
  • Gewürztraminer: floral and fruity
  • Riesling: fruity and acidic
  • Viognier: rich and tropical

Most white wines should be enjoyed within a few years of their bottling date. Once a bottle has been opened, it will last 1-3 days before losing key flavor components. Within a week or so, it will begin to spoil.

A bottle and glass of white wine on a dark background

Much like red wine, white wine consumed in moderation can be good for your health! It contains antioxidants, promotes heart health, and has weight loss and anti-aging properties. The many different varieties of this wine can range from 5.5%- 15% ABV, although most common table wines fall between 11%-14%.

Nutrition Facts

Alcoholic beverage, wine, table, white
Serving Size :
Water [g]86.86
Energy [kcal]82
Protein [g]0.07
Total lipid (fat) [g]0
Carbohydrate, by difference [g]2.6
Fiber, total dietary [g]0
Sugars, total [g]0.96
Calcium, Ca [mg]9
Iron, Fe [mg]0.27
Magnesium, Mg [mg]10
Phosphorus, P [mg]18
Potassium, K [mg]71
Sodium, Na [mg]5
Zinc, Zn [mg]0.12
Vitamin C, total ascorbic acid [mg]0
Thiamin [mg]0.01
Riboflavin [mg]0.02
Niacin [mg]0.11
Vitamin B-6 [mg]0.05
Folate, DFE [µg]1
Vitamin B-12 [µg]0
Vitamin A, RAE [µg]0
Vitamin A, IU [IU]0
Vitamin E (alpha-tocopherol) [mg]0
Vitamin D (D2 + D3) [µg]0
Vitamin D [IU]0
Vitamin K (phylloquinone) [µg]0.4
Fatty acids, total saturated [g]0
Fatty acids, total monounsaturated [g]0
Fatty acids, total polyunsaturated [g]0
Fatty acids, total trans [g]0
Cholesterol [mg]0
Caffeine [mg]0
Sources include : USDA

White Wine Nutrition

A standard serving size of white wine is 5 ounces. A serving of this wine may contain more sugars than red wine. It contributes around 120 calories and less than 4 grams of carbohydrates to your daily diet. White wine also contains a good number of flavonoids and plant-derived antioxidants.

White Wine Benefits

White wine has many confirmed health benefits when a glass is included as a part of your daily diet. Recent research shows that, much like red wine, white wine has many benefits that include the following:

  • Anticancer properties
  • Relieves symptom of Alzheimer’s
  • Treats cataracts
  • Improves heart health
  • Regulates cholesterol levels
  • Boosts bone health
  • Improves lung health
  • Promotes brain function
  • Aids in weight loss
  • Protects against diseases
  • Improves sleep

When choosing a variety to have with dinner, consider this: these pale wines significantly reduce your chance of getting a hangover because it has far fewer headache-causing substances, unlike certain types of red wine.

White Wine Side Effects

Drinking a small amount of alcohol before bed may help you fall asleep, but be careful, as excessive consumption can interrupt the natural REM cycle and wake you up later than normal in the morning.

Too much of anything, especially alcohol, is not good for health. Exceeding the recommended one to two drinks per day may result in weight gain, liver disease, or alcoholism. Moderation is always key, and alcohol should not be relied on as a daily remedy for any conditions, physical or psychological.

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John Staughton is a traveling writer, editor, publisher and photographer with English and Integrative Biology degrees from the University of Illinois in Champaign-Urbana (USA). He co-founded the literary journal, Sheriff Nottingham, and now serves as the Content Director for Stain’d Arts, a non-profit based in Denver, Colorado. On a perpetual journey towards the idea of home, he uses words to educate, inspire, uplift and evolve.

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