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How to Maximize the Health Benefits of Beer and Wine

How many antioxidants are in your beer and wine?

There are those that love to drink.

Red wine, white wine, beer, cocktails… You have your preferences, but you’re content as long as there’s a drink in your hand and a Miley song playing.

Let’s be real: your health matters. And sure, drinking isn’t the epitome of health. But drink now or drink never, drinking alone while all your friends play scrabble with their kids sure sounds like a drag.

If you are in that situation and your plan is to get wasted (or even just a little tipsy), you can still make the best choices. How? By maximizing the amount of antioxidants in your alcoholic beverage of choice. For more on what an antioxidant is, check out Kaitlin’s post here. 

And sure, the healthiest option would be to skip the alcohol altogether. But, that’s just lame.

Instead, minimize the damage and maximize your fun by drinking the world’s alcohols that top the list for antioxidant content.

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How to maximize your health benefits of wine

Wine time

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You probably know wine tops the list of healthy alcohol. That’s where I’ll start, too.

Here are the best red wines for antioxidants:

Wine

Antioxidant content in mmol/serving (5 oz.)

1.       Montepulciano

5.18

2.       Chanti Collisensi

4.36

3.       Canaletto

4.31

4.       Mezzamonde Negramoro

4.11

5.       J.P. Chenet

4.01

6.       Canepa

3.99

7.       Vino Maipo

3.82

8.       Vidigal Reserva

3.81

9.       Chianti Classico

3.79

10.   Chateau Coufran

3.71

Though the country of origin wasn’t available for all the wines on the list, three of the top red wines come from Italy. The Montepulciano, Canaletto and Chianti Classico (#1, #3 and #9) all come from Italy.

If you want to maximize your antioxidant intake while enjoying a glass of vino, an Italian red wine is your best bet.

Here are the best white wines for antioxidants:

Wine

Antioxidant content in mmol/serving (5 oz.)

1.       Viogner

0.79

2.       Liebfraumilch Silbervin

0.71

3.       Tarquet Wom Heissen Stein

0.71

4.       Milestone

0.67

5.       Dunvar

0.62

6.       Moscato

0.59

7.       Moselland Ars Vitis

0.57

8.       Moselland

0.54

9.       Blue Nun

0.52

10.   Caliterra

0.42

With white wines, there’s no one distinct country that produces each of these. Viogner, the white wine with the most antioxidants, is produced all over the world. California and Australia are the top producers of Viogner wine.

The best wine for your health turns out to be a red wine. By a long shot, too.

Did you notice that white wines have less than the 20% the number of antioxidants in white wine? That large difference stems from the color of the grapes used.

Green grapes are nutritious. But red grapes have even more nutrition. That’s because fruits and vegetables with color tend to have more nutrition in general. Nutrients tend to give produce their intense color. So the more color a fruit (or veg) has, the more nutrients there’s likely to be.

While white wine may be better for your teeth, the best wine for your health is red wine. You can always brush your teeth. You can’t brush away free radicals from not eating enough antioxidants.

Tip: Reduce teeth staining by rinsing your mouth with water after drinking red wine.

 

How to maximize your health benefits of beer

Drink Beer for Its Health Benefits

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You know that red wine beats out white wine. It has way more antioxidants.

But… what if you’re a beer drinker?

No worries. You’re covered, too.

Here are the best beers for antioxidants:

Beer

Antioxidant content in mmol/serving (12 oz.)

1.       Nøgne Ø (Porter)

1.56

2.       Samichlaus Bier (Santa Claus Beer) (Lager)

1.56

3.       Limfjords Double Brown Stout (Porter)

1.46

4.       Mack Bok- øl

1.46

5.       Trippel 10 Maredsous

1.43

6.       Pères Trappistes

1.12

7.       Pale Ale

1.05

8.       Biologique Saison Dupont

0.99

9.       Bavarian Weizen

0.92

10.   Malt Beer

0.88

 

The best beer you can drink is Nøgne Ø. It’s a handcrafted porter beer made in Norway.

I bet you thought that beer would have less antioxidants than white wine. So did I. I was astonished to find that high-quality beers have more antioxidants per serving than fine white wines.

Now you can stop feeling guilty over enjoying a bottle of your favorite beer. It probably has more antioxidants than the chardonnay that skinny blonde bitch is drinking!

Tip: Maximize your beer health benefits by avoiding light beers. They’re basically watered-down versions of dark beers.

 

Maximizing your health benefits of other alcohols

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Here are the levels of antioxidants of other alcohols:

Alcohol

Antioxidant content in mmol/100 g (3.53 oz.)

1.       Blåbærsmust

3.28

2.       X.O. Braastad Fine Champagne Cognac

0.45

3.       Prepared Regia Instant Blackcurrant Toddy

0.38

4.       Spirulina Cocktail

0.38

5.       V.S. Martell Fine Cognac

0.32

6.       Brandy, Napoleon, V.S.O.P

0.22

7.       Løiten Linie Aquavit (Akavit)

0.12

8.       Finest Scotch Whisky

0.10

9.       4.5 Vol% Ãpple Cider

0.02

 

Note: since the serving sizes are different for each drink, this table sticks to the standard measurement of mmol of antioxidants per 100 grams.

 

Blåbærsmust: the mysterious drink. Per 100 grams, it ranks second-highest in antioxidants out of all the drinks tested. Unfortunately, a google search comes up with no viable search results.

Whatever the hell Blåbærsmust is, it’s worth tasting. If you ever travel to Sweden, particularly Glanshammars, order one for me and discover what it is. I’m dying to know.

Also, pay attention to the Instant Blackcurrant Toddy. Hot Toddy is a warm alcoholic drink popular in Scotland. It’s made with whiskey, hot water, honey, herbs, and spices.

A serving of hot toddy is usually 9-10 ounces. With that, a serving of hot toddy can have 0.97 mmol of antioxidants per glass! That knocks out all the white wines and some beers, too.

Most of the antioxidants come from the lemon juice and spices. Making your hot toddy fresh, not from an instant mix, will give you even more antioxidants.

Make your own bloody hot toddy, you lazy bitch

 

Ingredients:

·         8 ounces hot water

·         ½ ounces lemon juice

·         1 ½ ounces whiskey

·         Pinch of cinnamon

·         Pinch of cloves

·         Pinch of ginger

 

How to:

Warm the water and spices. Pour in the whiskey and lemon juice. Garnish with a strip of lemon peel if you like.

 

BONUS: Boost the antioxidants by making this with green tea instead of water.

 

Hot Toddys are High in Antioxidants

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Braastad’s Fine Champagne Cognac appears to have tons of antioxidants. It does when you compare in terms of volume. Though when you consider the serving size of cognac – 2 ounces—the antioxidants aren’t impressive.

 

Wrap Up

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Now that you ‘ve been through the beer, wine and alcoholic beverage antioxidant wringer, you can start drinking health(ier). My recommendations?

Winos: maximize your benefits of drinking wine by ordering red wine over white. There are more antioxidants in red wine than white.

Beer lovers: choose a dark and robust beer and forget light beers. Experience the full enjoyment and antioxidant potential of your booze.

The adventurer: Travel to Sweden and try a serving of Blåbærsmust. Or if you’re low on cash, experience Scotland with a glass of hot toddy.

 

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